9 Tips for Online Course Content Construction
- Provide students with an advance organizer to introduce the contents of course content and how it is organized.
- Provide pre-tests or warm-up activities to assess prior knowledge and stimulate interest.
- Provide fundamental questions that you have identified as important to the course content. Ask students to formulate their own questions as well.
- Provide well-written lecture material for the student to read, including graphics and media when appropriate.
- Use clear, strong verbs and nouns in headings and subheadings.
- Use bulleted text and action terms whenever possible and avoid dense, text-heavy pages that are difficult to read online. Text-heavy content is better if provided in a printable format.
- Alternate blocks of text and graphics to keep pages visually interesting. Visit the Periodic Table of Visualization Methods for ideas and sample visuals.
- Include media when it is instructionally appropriate.
- Provide interaction frequently. This could be as simple as a link to an external resource or a pop quiz.