ERIC Number: ED446766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Building a Supportive Online Instructional Environment for Reluctant, Apprehensive, and/or Under-Prepared Learners.
This paper presents tips for designing an instructional World Wide Web site, providing illustrations from a site developed using Blackboard's Courseinfo that is used in teaching a college technical writing course. The first section discusses overall site architecture, including working with the right equipment, making the leap to an online delivery method gradually, breaking the curriculum into short instructional units, making each instructional unit task-oriented and assigning a definite outcome, contemplating the "rhythm" of online work for instructor and students, building a firm but simple structure of mini-deadlines into the course, employing alternative delivery methods for Web-unfriendly media, keeping it simple, learning enough HTML to build and manipulate basic pages with graphics, loading pages directly onto the site, and taking an online course. Site efficiency is covered in the second section, including establishing and repeating visual/informational patterns. The third section addresses serving student needs, including telling students what to expect. Building community and fostering enthusiasm/participation are considered in the fourth section, including sending class-wide e-mails weekly and requiring some sort of weekly posting or contact with the site. The final section discusses encouraging reliance on the course site by making the site a "one-stop shop." (MES)
Descriptors: Authoring Aids (Programming), Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Environment, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Material Development, Online Courses, Teacher Developed Materials, World Wide Web
For full text: http://www.mtsu.edu/~itconf/proceed00/jansak.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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