Curriculum design: Introducing best practices in online graduate course development
Abstract: The 21st century has seen a rise in the number of online education and learning opportunities. As early as 2002, The Times Educational Supplement noted that there was an evolving body of academic research indicating certain strategies would enhance online teaching and learning. While face-to-face students have scheduled meeting times that entice (or mandate) them to participate, the free-form learning that takes place in online environments requires a course to offer the learner a reason to go online. However, these activities may be random or inconsistent. Therefore, consistent instructional strategies are of the utmost importance to the success of a course, and the learner. Following a thorough review of academic literature, this presentation will outline best practices for online programs in general, and post-professional degree programs specifically.
Presider: Joyce Johnston, George Mason University