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ERIC Number: ED470456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
What Belongs on an Instructional Website: A Discussion and Checklist.
O'Sullivan, Mary F.
This document provides a checklist for the development of effective instructional Web sites that promote student learning and enable instructors to enact the principles of good teaching. The information presented is valuable for instructors of online courses and faculty members who utilize instructional sites to supplement face-to-face classroom interaction. The essential components outlined in the document include: (1) introductions of class participants; (2) course orientation; (3) information on assignments and assessments; and (4) opportunities for communication. Elements of the introduction section include a biography of the instructor, contact information, and a list of students enrolled in the course. Class orientation materials include course policies, the syllabus, textbook information, course objectives, and a list of supplemental resources. The author asserts that an effective course orientation is essential for fostering the development of independent learners. In the discussion of assignments and assessment, the author highlights the importance of developing assignments that explicitly state the expectations, evaluation criteria, and whenever possible, offer examples of model assignments. With respect to fostering communication via instructional Web sites, the author suggests using electronic class discussion lists or bulletin boards to foster dialogue and reflection. (RC)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper contributed to the Annual Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference, "The Internet and Learning: What Have We Discovered and Where Are We Headed" (6th, Kapiolani Community College, May 1-3, 2001).