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Developing an Online Course


The Lecture

We are often asked – how do I teach in the online classroom, what does a lecture look like?

  • A good place to start is to think about your learning goals. When you teach face to face, which concepts are most difficult to get across? These are likely the items that will need more attention as you and the Instructional Designer work together to design your course. Often, these more difficult concepts are the ones we create mediated activities for.
  • Course content (your lecture) comes in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes:

    • Text-based lectures can be read by students in the course space.
    • Narrated PowerPoint is often used. Audio narration is very easy and something we can help with here in Van Doren or at your desk. Using your voice will increase your presence in the online course space.
    • Video lectures - Short videos can be informative and provide diversity of content in the course space. We can assist in either creating or finding appropriate videos.
    • Screen or lecture capture. These tools capture both what’s on your computer and your voice. This is a great way to record a short lecture, a “how to” explanation, or explain an assignment.
    • Interactive and animated media activities. Those concepts most difficult for students to grasp often benefit from being presented in alternative formats. Animations or activities that allow the students to interact, view the process, practice or review can be located or created by the Global Campus media team.
    • Take advantage of being online:
      • Use existing videos and learning objects.
      • We can work with you to put online content into a WebQuest or virtual field trip.

You'll find a number of specific examples on the Training and Tutorials page and the Showcase page.

Tests and Quizzes

  • Any type of exam can be given, from objective true false to open book essay exams.

    • There are a number of settings that affect the security of the exam, including setting a time limit, random selection of questions from a question bank, randomizing the order of the answers, presenting questions one at a time, no backtracking, etc. Refer to the Training and Tutorials page for more on the test options.
  • Proctored Exams – Global Campus Proctoring Services facilitates the proctoring of both paper and online exams.  For more about proctored exams, talk with your Instructional Designer or visit the GCPS website.


A rubric identifies a set of criteria against which student performance will be judged. The more clearly expectations are articulated, the better students are able to see how well they have reached the goals set for the course and their own progress. By making the criteria public and central, the student is given more responsibility for their own and fellow students’ learning. Students are supported in becoming better judges of quality in their own and others’ work. Rubrics can be used in a variety of ways, including to promote student engagement, help students identify success, assess learning outcomes.


Lack of feedback is the most common reason for withdrawing from an online course. Premiere online programs require instructors to provide a detailed response to students within one business day of an inquiry. Online students do not have the advantage of knowing they will see the instructor in the classroom, nor are there generally scheduled office hours. Providing feedback does not have to be overly time consuming and responses can be standardized. In addition, use of peer feedback assignments can give students what they need while saving the instructor time.

Discussion Question Prompts

Many students have very little experience with asynchronous discussions. When designed well, the online discussion forum can be used to promote critical thinking and build community. This requires the development of rubrics that detail the expectation of student participation along with discussion prompts that promote probing, clarifying and questioning viewpoints and perspectives.

Developing Socratic questions

Open Learning Resources

Open Learning Resources (OLR) is a simple concept: give everyone free and easy access to learning content via the Internet. You can find a wealth of materials, including open courseware, open textbooks, video lectures, animations, interactive activities and more related to your course concepts. More about OLR

They're like little reminders.

If you forget a step or need a nudge in the right direction, check out our helpful documents available day or night. Check them out here.

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