A Project Approach to Online Course Development Apr 19-23, 2010

Online course delivery is quite different from face-to-face (f-f) because on the fly adjustments are seldom possible or at least not timely during delivery. All factors such as sequence, scaffolding, length of learning bites, expected outcomes, and learning objectives must be considered in the instructional design well before the course is run. That is not to say f-f courses do not have the same challenges but in that case if the instructor notices through body language of the students the level and instructional content is not working, he or she can adjust it on the fly. Online courses on the other hand are pretty well set from the start. For these and other reasons, development of online course requires a different approach.

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