Planning is one of the most important aspects in course creation.
Outline activities that you wish to include in your course.
Make an inventory of any materials that can be modified easily and ready for the web.
As a new instructor, you will more than likely need to add new material to your course.
You can only make available what you want the students to see and not the whole course in order to add material as you go (dependent on the amount of time that you have to create course and the start date of the course.
Welcome your students:
Through a professional, inviting, somewhat informal inviting email. Your email should include instructions for the students on how to begin the courses (reading syllabus for an example).
- Provide materials that the students can access throughout the
- Provide the Syllabus which should include:
-Goals & Objectives
- Textbook information
- Grading guidelines
- Late homework policies
- Technical support information
Lectures, readings, files, and multimedia:
- Students need to be provided with materials that will assist them
in developing basic knowledge of the topics/lessons.
- Make the environment easy for the students to navigate.
- Add visual/audio to assist.
Assignments and tests:
- Start with smaller "warm-up" assignments to assist in building
confidence in the students that may be first time to on-line
- You can also provide your students with a simple quiz for them to
get used to the process of on-line testing.
Participation and interaction:
- Provide tools for students to participate and interact with
each other. This can be done through the use of blogs and
discussion boards. This is where students can learn about
each other, themselves and work on group projects.
Preview and Feedback:
-Use the student preview in order to view the
course from the student's perspective
-Ask a fellow faculty member review your course for input.
-Invite a student to preview the course and give feedback on areas
that may need to be adjusted prior to the start of the course.
Make Content Available:
-You can make links and content available to students when
you are ready and when you want the students to see them.
-To save the students for having to look for content, move it
to the top of the page.
Evaluate Your Course:
- Continue to refine and add to your course as you teach it and
discover what works well and what didn't.
- Ask students to submit evaluations of your course at the end of the
- Ask other online instructors what works well for them.Explore
other online courses. Always be willing to "steal from the best!"