Online Course Design Principles

Online Course Design Principles

Lance J. Richards (Texas A&M University, USA), Kim E. Dooley (Texas A&M University, USA) and James R. Lindner (Texas A&M University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-178-0.ch005


The premise of this chapter is that technology for course delivery will change, but effective delivery of content is dependent upon use of appropriate instructional design techniques. The authors take a practical approach by providing guidelines for designing online courses and programs. These guidelines include: (1) designing or selecting a course management tool, (2) course planning and organization, (3) “chunking” content, (4) using interactive teaching and learning strategies, (5) applying adult learning principles, (6) considering self-directed and student-centered learning approaches, (7) using authentic assessment strategies, (8) providing online orientation and technology training, and (9) providing information about appropriate infrastructure for learner support. We use a graduate course, Advanced Methods in Distance Education, as “the case” to provide specific examples of the instructional design components. By following these approaches, you can develop a successful online learning environment.

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