Reasons to Rethink your Online Course UI
Thursday, June 27 1:50 PM-2:10 PM Location: Lecture Theater
Abstract: Today’s technology provides us with a tremendous variety of options, bells and whistles to use in teaching our online courses. However, the old adage can still prove true that “just because you can does not mean that you should,” as student confusion occasionally runs rampant in online courses. Are we making things tougher for ourselves (and thus our students) without realizing we’re doing it? This paper examines the importance of evaluating the user interface of the online course and encourages a play testing approach to evaluating a course’s UI. Common pitfalls are explored that may steal valuable teaching and learning time from the class, and discusses strategies to help overcome these problems from the outset. Supporting data is taken from online faculty training seminars and feedback given to the instructional technology department of a large, urban, Midwestern university over the past five years.