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Conquering the Content: A Step-By-Step Guide to Online Course Designby Robin Smith
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Conquering the Content
Conquering the Content is a practical resource for faculty who tackle overwhelming amounts of course content that must be tailored for Web-based learning. This important guide offers step-by-step instructions for creating online learning experiences that are manageable, effective, and of the highest quality.
Written by Robin M. Smith, an expert on online learning, Conquering the Content provides guidance for incorporating learning theory into practical online courses. Designed for online instructors at all levels of experience, the book is filled with the templates, learning guides, and sample files that can be easily applied to construct and manage course content.
Comprehensive in scope, Conquering the Content helps instructors
The ideas and methods contained in this resource have been successfully applied in a wide variety of disciplines from institutions across the United States.
Conquering the Content is the fifth book in the Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning series, which offers concrete and practical resources to help higher education practitioners meet the challenges of the online learning environment.
Book News Annotation:
Writing primarily for faculty who must work large amounts of course content into effective online learning, Smith (web-based learning, U. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) begins by describing how online learning has changed since its introduction, and how it compares to classroom learning situations. He describes developing the outline and learning guide, setting up modules, manipulating file systems and managing course structure, preparing self-assessments and quizzes, resource-gathering and prioritization, choosing the most important topics, grouping information, motivating active learning, designing navigation, and avoiding common pitfalls. Although those developing website-based learning which accommodates those with disabilities will find little that is specific to their needs here, Smith's information on structuring course content to make sense online can be helpful. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
As the sixth volume of the Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning series, Conquering the Content provides a highly-practical blue-print for course development and content presentation for web-based courses. While providing guidance for incorporating learning theory into online courses, this book primarily furnishes online instructors with the practical templates, learning guides, and sample files to construct and manage their course content.
Unlike other books about online instruction that cover theories of teaching and learning, instructional design, or even graphic design this book gives the "how to" of preparing an online course by focusing on content. The much needed step-by-step guidance in this book will result in fully formed courses where high-quality content is the central feature.
About the Author
Robin M. Smith is coordinator of Web-Based Learning at the Office of Educational Development, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Formerly, Dr. Smith developed and directed the Center For Web-Based Learning at Southern Arkansas University Tech and was the first Certified WebCT Trainer in the South Central United States.
Table of Contents
1 Design with Learning in Mind.
Learning in the Twenty-First Century.
Advantages to Having a Course Online.
How Web-based Learning Is the Same as Classroom Learning.
Think “Learning,”Not “Teaching”.
The Online Student’s Environment.
How Web-Based Learning Is Different from Classroom Learning.
2 Design with the Future in MindIt’s Okay to Be Uncomfortable.
The Future Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think.
Creating the Outline.
The Learning Guide.
Managing Course Structure.
3 Design with Assessment in Mind.
Teaching for the Long Term.
Questions for First-Time Web-Based Instructors.
4 Design with Organization in Mind.
Learning Guide Development.
Elements of the Learning Guide.
Prioritizing in Creating Your Course.
Web-Based Aspects of the Course.
Choosing the Most Important Topics.
5 Design with Content in Mind.
Introduction to Chunking.
How the Brain Processes Information.
Chunking for a Text-Based Lecture or Content Presentation.
Active Learning Opportunities.
Prioritizing Course Development and Revisions.
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Chunking.
6 Design with Process in Mind.
Design Using Someone Else’s Mind.
7 Design with Navigation in Mind.
Student Access to Module Components.
Documenting for Revisions.
Where to Go from Here.
What You Have Conquered!
Appendix A: Forms.
Appendix B: Action Steps.
Appendix C: American Association for Higher Education’s Nine.
Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning.
Appendix D: Design and Development Tasks.
Notes: Ideas for Application.
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