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Creating Quality Online Courses Introduction

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Creating Quality Online Courses Introduction

If you have been around the online learning environment for any length of time, you know that online courses run the breadth of great to not so well structure. You will find some overladen with content to others that contain very little relevant material. You have a lot of good and some that are substandard. This series will cover the eight basic components of a quality online course. Using those eight criteria, I will discuss how you can improve your online class. Those criteria include:

  1. Having a Course Overview
  2. Clearly defined Learning Objectives
  3. Assessments to Measure Learning
  4. Instructional Materials
  5. Learner Interactions
  6. Course Technology
  7. Learner Support
  8. Accessibility and Usability

Over the next few weeks, I will be giving information on how to accomplish each of these in your online course. I will go over the things needed in the course overview, the importance of clearly defined course objects, and all other things necessary to develop a pedagogically sound learning environment for students.

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

February 29, 2016 at 9:00 am

Mid-Semester To Do

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Mid-Semester To Do

  1. Mid-Terms Grades
    1. Normally student receive a mid-term exam this allows the faculty and student to access their learning at that point in time.
    2. Once the grades are calculated for each student they will need to be entered into Banner Self-Serve. This process alerts the Registrar to any student in trouble and initiates an official communications between the school and the student.
    3. The Registrar will send a notice to all faculty on due dates for entering grades and the process to enter the grades.
  2. Gather mid-class feedback from your students
    1. Administering a mid-class evaluation is a great way to see how your class is going from a student perspective. You can create a Blackboard Survey to do this evaluation.      
    2. Blackboard survey allows you to ask personalized, class specific questions. (Need help? See Office of Extended Learning)

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

February 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

StudyMate Author

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StudyMate Author

StudyMate Author

StudyMate Author is another product by Respondus. Author is similar to StudyMate Class it that it fosters the creation of various games and study material, but the creation is solely by the faculty.

Faculty can create these activities from existing test or from various test banks.

StudyMate helps students “master the basics” of course material through learning activities, self-assessments, and games. A dozen activities – such as flash cards, crosswords and quizzes – engage students with course content in an individualized way. Students access StudyMate activities using computers, smartphones and tablets.

To learn more check out the videos available at Respondus StudyMate Author located at  www.respondus.com/products/studymate/demos.shtml

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

February 15, 2016 at 9:00 am

StudyMate Class for Mobile Devices

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Mobile StudyMate

Mobile StudyMate

StudyMate StudyMate Class is available for use on mobile devices, such as the iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, Pre, Android, and more. Using the device’s browser, log into your online course and navigate to the StudyMate Class project.

The mobile app will detect the type of device and all learning activities will be displayed in the proper size and format for that device. In addition, a free “StudyMate LMS Edition” app is available for the iPhone/iPad (from iTunes), Android (from the Android Marketplace/Google Play), and Kindle Fire (from the Amazon Appstore).

The apps allow StudyMate Class users to synchronize projects with online courses and work with learning activities offline.

Some of the activities available with StudyMate Class for Mobile Devices include: Fact Cards, Flash Cards, Crossword Puzzles, Matching, and Fill in the Blank.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

February 8, 2016 at 9:00 am

Study Mate Class

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StudyMate helps students “master the basics” of course material through learning activities, self-assessments, and games. A dozen activities – such as flash cards, crosswords and quizzes – engage students with course content in an individualized way.

A very important component of online course, which is often lacking is the interaction piece. Instructors can use discussions and other activities to allow students to interact, but this method of interaction helps keep students engaged.

Another important component of StudyMate Class is that the product allows the students to create the activities. The old saying that “one learns best by teaching” holds true with this method of study. The work is created and judged by piers; therefore, students will strive to produce good works.

StudyMate is a product of Respondus. To learn more check out their website at www.respondus.com.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

February 1, 2016 at 9:00 am

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