Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Adapting Your Syllabus for Online Instruction

When adapting your course syllabus from a face-to-face course to an online course:

1. Do not use the same syllabus that you used for your face-to-face course. This is a common error when transitioning a class to the online format considering the time, energy, and effort that have gone into developing the face-to-face course. However, creating a revised instructional strategy for the online format is necessary. An instructional strategy for online learning involves revised teaching methods, learning activities, and assessments.

2. Create a new syllabus with the online student and the virtual environment in mind.

3. Include course instructor contact information that will be accessible to online students such as email, text number, Skype address, Google + contact info., etc.

4. Consider recording and posting a brief video clip of yourself (the instructor) reviewing the most important points in the syllabus, just as you would for a face-to-face class.

5. Post the syllabus in PDF format for easy download, or use the Book resource within Moodle.

6. Provide a list of Web resources that relate to and supplement the course content for deeper learning opportunities.

Information adapted from: online learning insights: A Blog about Open and Online Education.

Coming next: Adapting Your Assessment Activities for Online Instruction

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