Unit 2: Designing Instruction for Optimal Engagement


Target Objectives:

Upon completion of this unit, participants will:

  • Analyze research-backed design strategies for asynchronous online learning environments and discuss how they can incorporate these into their own courses.
  • Design a syllabus that displays design principles reflective of constructivist ideas.



Unit 2 Lecture: Design & Organization in Teaching Presence



Reminder: Discussions and blogs will be conducted here: https://onlinelearningengagement.wordpress.com


Activity #1: In the discussion board, discuss effective research-backed design & organization principles. Use the repository that you put together with your classmates. Look for literature reviews and studies that survey student reactions- if there is not an abundance of these currently in the repository, add them! Discuss the key differences you notice between designing for online-only courses and face-to-face courses. Cite a minimum of 3 academic articles.


Activity #2: Design a syllabus for a fully online course displaying design principles for effective learning. Include a conclusion write-up at the end explaining specific strategies you chose and why. Completed work can be submitted here.

Reflection Activity:


How could your own online courses benefit from the design principles you discussed this week? Have there been any surprises for you surrounding the design approach to online-only asynchronous learning environments so far?

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ETAP 623 Spring 2019 | Taylor Walsh

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