The following are some simple tips that will help you design your online course so that it is more effective no matter the subject.
- Provide pre-tests or warm-up activities to assess prior knowledge and stimulate interest. You can use the Canvas Quizzes or LTI tools such as Quizlet.
- Provide questions that you have identified as important to the lesson content and post them in the Module content.
- Compile course content into Modules including well-written lecture material, quizzes, discussions, presentations, graphics and media when instructionally appropriate.
- Use clear, strong verbs and nouns in course headings and subheadings to help student locate materials
- Use bulleted or numbered text whenever possible to avoid dense, text-heavy pages that are difficult to read online. Text-heavy content is better if provided in a printable format for offline reading. Alternate blocks of text and graphics to keep pages visually interesting
- Visit the Periodic Table of Visualization Methods for ideas and sample graphics
- Provide some sort of interaction every 5-10 pages. This could be as simple as a link to an external resource with an interaction or self-test. See these Instructional Strategies from Illinois Online Network for ideas.
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