Tips for Success in Web Course Design A Few Things I Have Learned

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					    Tips for Success in
    Web Course Design:
A Few Things I Have Learned


      Cathy A. Simpson
    nvsimpc@nv.cc.va.us
 Technical Application Center
    http://tac.nv.cc.va.us
 Tips for Success :
 Integrate & Collaborate

 Identify course goals & objectives

 Identify strategies you know help

  students achieve goals & objectives
  use technology to extend strategies
    or create new ones
 Tips for Success :
 Integrate & Collaborate

 Read the Web for
   ideas
   examples
   help
Tips for Success :
Integrate & Collaborate
 Recognize & explore differences in
  distance & traditional learning
     Process issues
     Resource issues
     Communication issues
Tips for Success :
Integrate & Collaborate

 Establish collaboration with others
     VCCS CourseWare Grants
     Campus CITGs & TLTRs
     TAC/ELI Institutes
     Mentoring
Tips for Success :
Integrate & Collaborate

 Factor in sessions to learn software
  needed to complete project
     Web editors    Digital camera
     Scanner        Plug-ins
Tips for Success:
Integrate & Plan

 Develop site by storyboarding or
 flow charting to create visual of plan
     purpose
     audience
     content
     sequence of content
Tips for Success:
Focus on Learner

 Design site to be learner-driven to
  promote active learning through
  discussion forums
  email & listervs
  webquests
Tips for Success:
Focus on Learner
 Design site to be learner-driven to
  promote active learning through
  online collaborative writing
  self-directed learning units
  electronic journals and portfolios
  student designed Web pages
Tips for Success:
Design to Construct Meaning

 Develop consistent navigation tools
 Use common color schemes
   yellow & green
    easier to perceive
   red and blue difficult
Tips for Success:
Design to Construct Meaning

 Use upper & lower case letters
 Organize logical sequence of pages
 Use point size of at least 30
 Incorporate visuals to clarify meaning
Tips for Success:
Design to Use Visuals

 Incorporate visual into making meaning
     clarification
     emphasis
     focus
     navigation
Tips for Success:
Design for Readability
 Use Basic Design Principles
     keep visual simple
     leave lots of white space
     keep visual organized
     create path for eye
     make something dominant
     divide space in interesting way
Tips for Success:
Include the Basics

 Include some basics
     general course information
     netiquette guidelines
     tips for success
     technology how-to’s
     resource links
 Use contextual links only