In spite of the proliferation of online learning, creating online courses can still evoke a good deal of frustration, negativity, and wariness in those who need to create them. The second edition of
Essentials of Online Course Design takes a fresh, thoughtfully designed, step-by-step approach to online course development. At its core is a set of standards that are based on best practices in the field of online learning and teaching. Pedagogical, organizational, and visual design principles are presented and modeled throughout the book, and users will quickly learn from the guide's hands-on approach. The course design process begins with the elements of a classroom syllabus which, after a series of guided steps, easily evolve into an online course outline.
The guide's key features include:
- a practical approach informed by theory
- clean interior design that offers straightforward guidance from page one
- clear and jargon-free language
- examples, screenshots, and illustrations to clarify and support the text
- a checklist of online course design standards that readers can use to self-evaluate.
- a Companion Website with examples, adaptable templates,
interactive learning features, and online resources:
Essentials of Online Course Design serves as a best practice model for designing online courses. After reading this book, readers will find that preparing for online teaching is a satisfying and engaging experience. The core issue is simply good design: pedagogical,
organizational, and visual.
About the Author
Marjorie Vai has been directly involved with online education and training for 25 years. Most recently she designed and developed the online graduate program in teaching English at The New School, USA.
Kristen Sosulski is Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and Clinical Associate Professor of Information Systems at New York University, Stern School of Business, USA.
Table of Contents
Foreword, from the first edition
Preface, from the first edition
Introduction to this Guide
Chapter 1: Orientation to Online Teaching and Learning
Chapter 2: Elements of an Online Course: A Tour
Chapter 3: Language and Writing Style
Chapter 4: Visual Design Basics
Chapter 5: Engaging the Online Learner
Chapter 6: Activities and Tools: Working Collaboratively and Independently
Chapter 7: Resources that Engage
Chapter 8: Assessment and Feedback
Chapter 9: Building the Course Foundation: Outcomes, Syllabus, and Course Outline
Chapter 10: Structuring the Course Content: The Online Presentation
Appendix A: Writing Learning Outcomes
Appendix B: Using the Standards Checklist