Designing and Teaching an On-Line Course : Spinning Your Web Classroom / Edition 1

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Research-based with practical applications, this material has been created for both the novice and experienced instructor. Readers will receive helpful, step-by-step advice and detailed examples that will assist in the development of distance education and "virtual interaction." Written by an expert, this book offers a practical, applicable, hands-on approach that takes you--whether a novice or have some experience--through all the steps of high-quality course development, on-line teaching, and on-line assessment. It will help with the design and teaching of a course that is performance based, performance assessed, and collaborative (and not merely the "Remember all this and regurgitate it on demand" type of course that is all too prevalent). Throughout, you'll see actual examples from successfully-developed on-line courses, so you can more easily bridge the gap between theory and practice. The book begins with a helpful, concise summary of the basics, including selecting a courseware (software) package for delivering your course, fulfilling the four basic psychological needs that are so crucial to any learning environment, designing a performance-based curriculum, and creating performance-based assessments. As the author emphasizes, "You should organize your course around the learner, not the teacher." This handbook shows you exactly how. The handbook helps plan on-line activities and resources, explains what can and cannot be copied from various sources, offers advice on selecting computer hardware, creating on-line discussion groups, providing student support, making the course visually attractive, and assists in designing a course evaluation.Also included are photos of monitor screens, captured from various on-line courses, to illustrate points or clarify applications. For anyone interested in internet opportunities.
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In Designing And Teaching An On-Line Course, Dr. Heidi Schweizer (a pioneer in on-line graduate level academic course work) outlines the research and implementation strategies for creating web-based learning environments. Examples from successful on-line courses are integrated throughout; "it's Your Turn" sections give readers an opportunity to try their skills at developing and teaching an on-line course; "On-line Insights" offers comments from previous on-line students addressing instructor and course designer goals, as well as the learning needs of students; illustrations throughout the text offer sample screens as viewed by on-line students; and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) from noted experts in this new and emerging educational field. Designing And Teaching An On-Line Course is a basic, seminal, benchmark, "how to" introduction that is highly recommended, invaluable reading for anyone charged with the responsibility of creating and implementing an on-line course of instruction regardless of topic category or subject matter.
—Internet Book Watch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205303212
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 3/29/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 121
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

1 DeMystifying the On-line Environment 1
Selecting a Courseware Package 2
Teaching in Cyberspace 4
The Quality On-line Classroom 5
Fulfilling Psychological Needs On-line 6
Final Hints 10
Summary 12
On-line In-sites 13
It's Your Turn 13
2 Guideline for On-line Course Development 15
The Foundation: Performance Based Curriculum Design 16
Writing Student Outcomes 21
Summary 25
It's Your Turn 26
3 Creating Performance Based Assessments 27
Performance Assessment 27
Research Base 27
Current Research and Theories on Learning and Assessment 27
Summary of Research and Theories on Learning and Teaching: Implications for Assessment 28
Designing On-line Assessments 29
The Rubric 32
Designing Rubrics 32
Unit Level Assessment 34
Summary 36
It's Your Turn 36
4 Planning On-line Activities and Resources 37
Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles 37
Multiple Intelligences and Technology 39
On-line Resources 44
Copyright and Fair Use 49
Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia 51
Summary 52
On-line In-sites 52
It's Your Turn 53
5 Creating On-line Discussion Groups 55
Grouping Students for On-line Discussions 55
Creating Cooperative Learning Experiences 56
Guidelines for Discussions 66
Summary 66
On-line In-sites 67
It's your Turn 67
6 Being a "Visible" On-line Instructor 69
Your Role as a Facilitator 69
The Discussion Leader-Discussion Creator 72
Your Role as a Manager 74
Keep Your "Cyber Classroom" Picked-Up and Orderly 77
Summary 78
On-line In-sites 79
It's Your Turn 79
7 Technology 81
Server Administrator 81
Minimum Hardware Requirements 82
Be Prepared to Handle Problems 84
Student Support 86
Summary 86
On-line In-sites 87
It's Your Turn 87
8 The Final Two Spins: Evaluation and Visual Design 89
Designing a Course Evaluation 89
Making Your Course Visually Appealing and Accessible 91
Design Principles for On-line Courses 92
Create a Visually Welcoming Look 93
Summary 95
It's Your Turn 95
9 What Do the Experts Say? 97
The Experts 97
The Questions 98
Your Web Course is Spun 105
Appendix 1 Welcome Letter 107
Appendix 2 Verbs According to Bloom's Taxomony 108
Appendix 3 Rubric for the Desktop Publishing Project 109
Appendix 4 Roles and Responsibilities for Cooperative Group Members 110
Appendix 5 On-line Group Activity 111
Appendix 6 Data Record 112
Appendix 7 Necessary Hardware and Software 113
Appendix 8 Course Evaluation 114
End Notes 121
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    A Seriously Overpriced Disappointment

    We're looking at a 103-page book here, up to the start of the 'shovelware' 16-page appendix section followed by 15 blank pages to give the book some heft. There is no index. Now subtract 23 pages for the 46 half-page screen captures, and what's left is the 80 pages you are paying for. Your only hope for getting value for your money is if the book actually covers 'Designing and Teaching an On-Line Course'. It doesn't. Instead, Schweizer offers a tiresome litany of ed-tech platitudes about replicating the alleged fun and excitement of the classroom educational experience in the IBM/Lotus 'Learning Spaces' instructional interface wrapper. She succeeds only in showing the weakness of 'Learning Spaces' (who wants to read 140-character lines on-screen?!). The classroom interaction paradigm stretches uncomfortably over Schweizer's little piece of cyberspace, and ultimately frays at the worn edges. Your money buys you one and half pages on 'Design Principles for On-Line Courses', a passing nod at performance-based 'assessments' (illustrated by a one-page table showing a task analysis for passing the driving portion of auto licensing test -- always a hot online topic), and 46 dreadful and hard-to-read (3-point type) screen captures, none of them showing any actual on-line course content! Hard to believe? Only if you don't actually see the book. But don't just reject this book on my recommendation. See it for yourself. Go to a brick-and-mortar bookstore, find a copy, look at it yourself, and THEN reject it. You'll be far better off spending the 30 bucks on a nice dinner.

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