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Effective Practices for Fully Online and Blended Courses

Initial Course Development   Blueprint your course. Developing a blueprint of your course will help you identify the types of content pages and activities you want to include, such as readings, videos, discussions, assignments, etc., and conceptualize the flow and order of your activities before you begin to build your course in a LMS. The […]

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VoiceThread – Why, How and What

Why use VoiceThread? VoiceThread is a totally web-based application that allows you to place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of an asynchronous conversation. A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and to make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a web cam, a telephone, or uploaded […]

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Online learning at universities rethinking the design of courses

The Conversation posted an article titled Online learning can work if universities just rethink the design of their courses. In that article, 5 tips for designing and online course were described: State your objective: Each lesson should have one concise, action-oriented learning objective to ensure your lesson design process is focused. Think as a private tutor: […]

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Designing Your Online Course Session

Guest facilitator Heidi Ash from UNT CLEAR (Center for Learning Enhancement and Redesign) presented a process-based approach to improving online course design for seamless development of an online course that aligns with quality standards and principles of good practice for online learning. Participants were exposed to a course improvement plan based on the Quality Matters […]

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Checklist for Meeting Quality Matters – Standard 5 – Learner Interaction and Engagement

Quality Matters Standard 5 5.1. The learning activities promote the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies. 5.2 Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning. 5.3. The instructor’s plan for interacting with learners during the course is clearly stated. 5.4 The requirements for learner interaction are clearly stated. © 2014. MarylandOnline. […]

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Checklist for Meeting Quality Matters Standard 7 – Learner Support

Quality Matters Standard 7 7.1    The course instructions articulate or link to a clear description of the technical support offered and how to obtain it. 7.2    Course instructions articulate or link to the institution’s accessibility policies and services. 7.3    Course instructions articulate or link to the institution’s academic support services and resources that can help […]

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Checklist for Meeting Quality Matters Standard 8 – Accessibility

Quality Matters Standard 8 8.1 Course navigation facilitates ease of use. 8.2 The course design facilitates readability.  8.3 The course provides accessible text and images in files, documents, LMS pages, and web pages to meet the needs of diverse learners. 8.4 The course provides alternative means of access to multimedia content in formats that meet […]