teacherPlanning an Online Course begins by presenting Tips for Effective Online Teaching. It then provides additional planning information which guides faculty through the process of organizing and designing their material for online presentation. Organization is key, so faculty are encouraged to gather their materials and create outlines for each module of materials including objectives, topics to think about, assignments, resources, and instructions for the online discussion.

Once initial organization process is completed, review the experiential learning model created by David Kolb along with Roger Fry (off-site link). You are encouraged to vary the content delivery to ensure engagement with the content as well as the learning community including the accommodation of multiple learning styles. Guidelines are provided to assist with the organization of the content within their course shell as they populate it with course materials including creating folders for each module.

Building community is a key to a successful online course, so faculty are encouraged to enter the instructor information into the content area with suggested content such as a photo or audio/video introduction, links to their personal website, office hours, and a personal narrative. Faculty are also encouraged to build community through the use of online discussion forums and social networking tools. Information on designing, managing, and optimizing these types of tools is found in the Collaborative Tools module.

Finally, since communication within the course, about the course is frequently overlooked, faculty are encouraged to post introductory and weekly announcements to the class and an example is provided to get them started.