Exploring Effective Online Course Design Components
Tuesday, October 22 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Abstract: To develop effective online learning, learners must be able to connect their course experience to meaningful and active learning opportunities. Through the practical implementation of social constructivist research (Jonassen, 1999; Vygotsky, 1983), online courses can provide ways for learners to retrieve, explore and analyze learning information as well as display, present and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding. With well-designed activities, learners can further achieve higher order learning (Anderson & Krathwohl, 2001) as well as persistence, motivation and personal learning outcomes. The purposeful use of effective technology tools that provide multiple entry points for cognitive engagement and skill acquisition are integral components for a well-design course. With these effective components in play, learners are invited to participate in a diverse palette of learning opportunities.