In spite of the proliferation of online learning, creating online courses can still evoke a good deal of frustration, negativity, and wariness in those who need to create them. The second edition of Essentials of Online Course Design takes a fresh, thoughtfully designed, step-by-step approach to online course development. At its core is a set of standards that are based on best practices in the field of online learning and teaching. Pedagogical, organizational, and visual design principles are presented and modeled throughout the book, and users will quickly learn from the guide's hands-on approach. The course design process begins with the elements of a classroom syllabus which, after a series of guided steps, easily evolve into an online course outline.
The guide's key features include:
a practical approach informed by theory
clean interior design that offers straightforward guidance from page one
clear and jargon-free language
examples, screenshots, and illustrations to clarify and support the text
a checklist of online course design standards that readers can use to self-evaluate.
a Companion Website with examples, adaptable templates, interactive learning features, and online resources: http://essentialsofonlinecoursedesign.com
Essentials of Online Course Design serves as a best practice model for designing online courses. After reading this book, readers will find that preparing for online teaching is a satisfying and engaging experience. The core issue is simply good design: pedagogical, organizational, and visual.
For more of Marjorie Vai in her own words, listen to this 2011 interview from the On Teaching Online podcast: http://onteachingonline.com/oto-16-essentials-of-online-course-design-with-marjorie-vai/
Marjorie Vai has been directly involved with online education and training for 25 years. Most recently she designed and developed the online graduate program in teaching English at The New School, USA. Kristen Sosulski is Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and Clinical Associate Professor of Information Systems at New York University, Stern School of Business, USA.
Foreword, from the first edition Preface, from the first edition Acknowledgments Introduction to this Guide Chapter 1: Orientation to Online Teaching and Learning Chapter 2: Elements of an Online Course: A Tour Chapter 3: Language and Writing Style Chapter 4: Visual Design Basics Chapter 5: Engaging the Online Learner Chapter 6: Activities and Tools: Working Collaboratively and Independently Chapter 7: Resources that Engage Chapter 8: Assessment and Feedback Chapter 9: Building the Course Foundation: Outcomes, Syllabus, and Course Outline Chapter 10: Structuring the Course Content: The Online Presentation Appendix A: Writing Learning Outcomes Appendix B: Using the Standards Checklist References Index