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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Planning your online class

by Simon McIntyre
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Aug 28, 2011 by Teacher Education
Overview: From the episode under review: “This episode explores some of the key considerations when planning your online or blended (face-to-face and online) class. It examines the importance of considering pedagogy before technology; constructively aligning assessment with learning outcomes; and the integration of digital literacy skills. It also offers some useful strategies for deciding which components are better suited to an online learning environment.” The module is a part of a constellation of modules at COFA Online.
Learning Goals: This project is designed with the intention of assisting teachers tasked with putting instruction online. The module consists of videos and a forum.
Target Student Population: Teachers who would like advice on putting content online for a class taught at a distance or in a blended environment.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic computer skills and knowledge of education principles.
Type of Material: Workshop and Training Material
Recommended Uses: This module is used prior to putting a class online. An individual or a team can utilize this module.
Technical Requirements: Modern browser, Flash, modern operating system, broadband connection to the Internet, adequate RAM and processor speed.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: Clear-cut content that is founded on educational principles.
Concerns: There could be slightly better integration between videos and other tools that help teachers put content online.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Uses modern pedagogy.
Concerns: Could use more material.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The module is a part of a constellation of modules at COFA Online. The production quality of all modules is high. The entire group of materials has been reviewed as a whole by the Teacher Education Board.
Concerns: The present module could provide access/links to other appropriate modules for ease of use.

Other Issues and Comments: The module is well-produced. Additional material could be included or linked to.