23 things online instructors should know

  1. Be sure you have a variety of experiences built into your course. Online courses need to be more than just online reading.  Provide opportunities to engage, challenge, inform, and test your learners.
  2. Unless you have a team to support your work you need to learn how to wear both the Subject Matter Expert hat and the Instructional designer hat.  If you have to do it all yourself you nee to be sure the information is right as well as the design of the learning environment.
  3. Be  sure to chunk the material so you do not have a data dump. Learners on line read by scanning rather than deep reading. To help the learners Use
  4. Bullet points
  5. Steps and process segments
  6. Order the information by importance
  7. Be concise. Edit extraneous content
  8. Adopt a branding standard for each course you teach. Match your organizational branding as far as styles and logos are concerned, but have each of your own courses display their own “LOOK”
  9. Find a way to include gamification to your courses
  10. Use case studies and simulation scenarios to provide meaningful connections. What will the learners do with the material they are learning in your course? Provide a context for transferring learning beyond the classroom.
  11. Be sure to have a consistent structure for the way material is organized. Use learning modules to clearly show when each week’s work is due and where all assignments should be turned in.
  12. Use consistent standards for the use of fonts and graphic design elements
  13. Bolding: Decide how to use bolding. Is it to emphasize, headings, sections, actions, etc.?
  14. Italics: Are hyperlinks italicized? What about names of documents, screens, and systems
  15. Fonts: Choose 2-3 fonts and decide which one is for headings, body text, and possibly image design
  16. Colors: Find colors that contrast well.
  17.  Grammar and tense: Are you talking directly to the learner? Past tense or present tense (maybe future)?
  18. Use meaningful graphics, not gratuitous images Be sure the learner can look at the image and understand the concepts you are trying to display.
  19. Design real life hands on applications for real-life practice Many people learn by actually trying out the system  provide a “hands-on” approach.
  20. Develop you course on the basis of the Tell them, Show them, Let them Do it approach to support the learners through the training process.
  21. Use materials presented by others to save some time on content development.
  22. Don’t be afraid to develop your own content.
  23. Use social media to keep in touch with your online learners.

great ideas to keep me sharp on applying the things I have learned from my classes at the ion network.

I plan to use this activity as part of a final exam question for my students.

This tool meets an instructional need by serving as a reminder so I can retain the knowledge I have learned from taking these ION courses.

I see this tool  could support my pedagogy by keeping me focused on the best practices I have learned also it will help me change up the content I have already used in my online courses.


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