DGMD E-60 Designing Online Courses
In this class, we approach online course design as a creative endeavor that's grounded in learning theory and bounded by the practical realities of everyday course development. We read as practitioners, asking ourselves how various ideas might apply (or not apply) to designs we create and seeking inspiration in a wide variety of places. To help us envision the scope of design possibilities and to prepare for an unknowable future of online learning, we practice brainstorming multiple solutions to common design challenges. Over the course of the semester, students create an online learning project of their choice, which we collectively workshop and learn from. Students walk away with a project they can actually use or can showcase to potential employers. Among the topics we address are working with instructors/subject matter experts to identify and design to the heart of a course, enhancing student community, translation of face-to-face experiences, selecting online technologies, assignment and assessment design, reusability, gamification, and evaluation of learning design success.