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As the sixth volume of the Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning series, Conquering the Content provides a highly-practical blue-print for course development and content presentation for web-based courses. While providing guidance for incorporating learning theory into online courses, this book primarily furnishes online instructors with the practical templates, learning guides, and sample files to construct and manage their course content.
Unlike other books about online instruction that cover theories of teaching and learning, instructional design, or even graphic design this book gives the "how to" of preparing an online course by focusing on content. The much needed step-by-step guidance in this book will result in fully formed courses where high-quality content is the central feature.
1 Design with Learning in Mind.
Learning in the Twenty-First Century.
Advantages to Having a Course Online.
How Web-based Learning Is the Same as Classroom Learning.
Think “Learning,”Not “Teaching”.
The Online Student’s Environment.
How Web-Based Learning Is Different from Classroom Learning.
2 Design with the Future in MindIt’s Okayto Be Uncomfortable.
The Future Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think.
Creating the Outline.
The Learning Guide.
Managing Course Structure.
3 Design with Assessment in Mind.
Teaching for the Long Term.
Questions for First-Time Web-Based Instructors.
4 Design with Organization in Mind.
Learning Guide Development.
Elements of the Learning Guide.
Prioritizing in Creating Your Course.
Web-Based Aspects of the Course.
Choosing the Most Important Topics.
5 Design with Content in Mind.
Introduction to Chunking.
How the Brain Processes Information.
Chunking for a Text-Based Lecture or Content Presentation.
Active Learning Opportunities.
Prioritizing Course Development and Revisions.
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Chunking.
6 Design with Process in Mind.
Design Using Someone Else’s Mind.
7 Design with Navigation in Mind.
Student Access to Module Components.
Documenting for Revisions.
Where to Go from Here.
What You Have Conquered!
Appendix A: Forms.
Appendix B: Action Steps.
Appendix C: American Association for Higher Education’sNine.
Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning.
Appendix D: Design and Development Tasks.
Notes: Ideas for Application.
Posted January 12, 2010
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