Developing an Online Course
We are often asked – how do I teach in the online classroom, what does a lecture
- 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
- 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
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