Hi in this video we’re going to be looking
at constructing your online course. Now so far up to this point we have certain different
elements within your course and now we want to start putting them together and really
building it out. These are some ideas to keep in mind while you’re doing that. You want to make
sure that your course is as intuitive as possible, meaning that students can pretty much figure
out where to go and find the necessary items that they need. You want to make sure that
your course is also consistent. So each module should look the same, you should have you
know your course objectives at the top, and then maybe your to-do list, however you want
to organize it, you want it to be consistent throughout. You want to make it as efficient
as possible, that is you want to minimize the amount of clicks. I say two to three clicks
is about as far out as you want for students to find information. You should make your
course as visually appealing as possible. I always try to add as many graphic elements
that are appealing without being overwhelming. Just having something that is totally text
based might, it’s not engaging, it looks less appealing. And of course try to have elements
that are interactive and have the students actually trying to do something while they
are within the course. So how do you want to organize your course? I gave you a template
in the last module which you may use if you want and start you thinking about it. I keep calling
my courses modules, you might want to use units or you want go weekly, it’s really up to what
your course is about and how you want to present it. So here are just some examples that I
have from other people’s courses and how they have organized their work. There’s some professors
they like to put in totally in a weekly, by date format. Or I have some professors that
like to have a weekly schedule but they don’t have it on the front home page . So you have
to actually click in to the weekly schedule to see all of it. I do that too because I just try to reduce
clutter but again, it’s up to you. Some professors like to use units instead and there’s also the idea
where you’re going to have different projects and they’re due at different times and you
have that kind of organized differently. It’s whatever is working for your course, whatever
you feel matches the flow best and then you just start setting it up. Now of course we’ve looked
at learning objectives and we’ve looked at backwards design. So you should have an idea
of what your course objectives are and at least a few module objectives hopefully. This
is going to help you create your course structure. So once you determine what works best for
your curriculum, you’re going to set it up, is it weekly? is it module, etc. You map it
out and then you start uploading your materials into whatever criteria you are using. I’m
uploading my materials into module one, or I’m uploading my material into unit one, etc.
You can use mind mapping tools, I do have a link in this module to help you with that
or again, you can use the template that I gave you or you can come up with something else
that works for you. And then once you start putting it together, how does your course look?
Have other people review it and see how they feel about the course navigation, it gives
you a fresh eye. Of course you can use the QM rubric to self-assess your own course,
to see how it’s flowing. And then it’s a good idea to go and use the student view in Blackboard
to see how students are going to view and interact with your course. So I hope this
gives you a few ideas on putting together and structuring your entire course. Thank
you.

Designing Course Structure
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