Unit 2: Designing Instruction for Optimal Engagement
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.
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.
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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