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Course Design

Before you teach online, you must first design your course for the online environment.  In the last section, we looked at the theory behind online instruction. 

In this section, we will examine processes or models for course design, which are useful whether you are building a new course from scratch or redesigning a face-to-face course you have taught in the past for online delivery. 
We will suggest specific considerations you may want to keep in mind when delivering instruction online, and how those considerations play out in the Blackboard learning management system. 

We will also examine how to use Blackboard as a learning portal to the larger World Wide Web.

Some key questions in this section:

  • What are models for online course design?
  • How do you design and customize the VCU Blackboard course management system to optimize the management of the course, and how do you customize it for learning?
  • How do you incorporate other web applications such as LON-CAPA, blogs, wikis, Google apps (just to name a few) with your course management system?
  • What learning situations are optimized by the use of synchronous delivery of your course versus the use of asynchronous delivery?

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