Though the principles of online course design are not altogether different from those utilized in the traditional classroom, it is important that instructors are cognizant of how the details of their course can be implemented in this type of environment. Providing instructors with development opportunities ans support not only increases the chance of success but also a willingness to adopt the learner centered approaches and global learning opportunities that are essential components of the distance learning paradigm.
To be effective, an online instructor must not only be knowledgeable of the course content, but also be able to effectively apply the interpersonal skills needed to effectively communicate with their students online and develop communities in MOOC type environments. As such, on online instructor is no longer seen as a lecturer bu instead assumes broader roles as planners, designers, guides, mentors, and facilitators and will no longer be seen as lectures in online learning environments. This rapid evolution of knowledge and responsibility require innovative development of curriculum and greater flexibility in how an instructor "teaches" a course. Flexibility and innovation in course design is often best achieved by instructors the incorporate problem based, student centered activities. This approach particularly meets the needs of professionals and lifelong learners seeking educational opportunities that fit into their schedules and do not necessarily require a physical presence on campus.
The transition from face-to-face instruction to online learning is not an easy one for many faculty and is often complicated by difficulties in accessing development opportunities and resources in online pedagogy and best practices of course design for online learning. This site is designed to reduce faculty development roadblock by offering any time, any where online resources and tutorials for effective online course design and management.
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For the past year I have been spending most of my working time re-designing a rather large portfolio of medical continuing medical education courses for my employer using Adobe Captivate.
One of the things that I wanted to add to the revised courses were images and video clips that would ...Read the rest of this topic
Our organization provides continuing medical education and are continually exploring learning content delivery methods that will engage our younger membership. In early 2016 we conducted a membership survey to investigate feeling about current educational offerings and to find ...Read the rest of this topic
The following links will take you to some sample medical education units designed for a professional society using Captivate 9.
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