This site appears to be a course on "Teaching an Online Course, " although there is no stated site description. As such, it is a rather large collection of resources arranged in relevant subject areas to which instructors can refer when developing and designing an online course.
Type of Material:
The material includes text-based information, tutorials, and examples of best practice. It also includes a link to WebCT for online discussion, for those enrolled in this course.
Useful for those preparing to teach online and for those who are looking for resources for online teaching.
1- Access to the Internet. 2- Subscription to a course management system.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Again, there is no statement of goal, etc., but it is fairly clear that there are at least three major goals: 1- to provide resources for instructors on how to develop an online course 2- to assist faculty with designing an online course 3- to explain how to teach online
Target Student Population:
Faculty who are teaching online or who want to teach online; education students who want to understand how to teach online.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
1- Basic computer skills including ability to access materials online 2- Ability to use a course management system, e.g., WebCT 3- Ability to use an HTML editing program, e.g., Dreamweaver
The site provides hyerlinks to an extensive array of resources that can assist faculty who are new to the online classroom, in the development, design and implementation of an online course. At least two really good interactive links from this site with examples, etc.
The site needs to be culled for dead links; perhaps close to 1/3 of the links in one section didn't work. The examples and tutorials would be more useful if the author of the course provided an explanation about why these were selected. A critical annotation from the author evaluating the usefulness of each linked resource would be useful. The hyperlinked resources have been borrowed from a variety of sources with no evidence of permission to use.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
There are many extremely rich and useful resources here. One could dig quite deeply into many of these sites for extensive material, if one had the time to follow the links.
The site was last updated in April 2002. It should be updated regularly. New material should be added and non-working links should be eliminated.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Those links that do work are easy to use. Since the site is a long list of links clustered by subject, it isn't difficult to navigate.
However, one needs to be registered in this course in order to participate in the WebCT discussions.
Explanatory references would help. Also, the link pages don't open in separate windows; as a result, you must navigatoe backward in order to get back to the original list of links.
Other Issues and Comments:
Overall, this site has much useful material for an instructor new to the world of online teaching. Some of the sites are extremely rich and take the user quite deeply into the topic. However,
some links don't work. It would be useful to have some evaluative comment from the author about the merit of the sites that have been selected. Further, there is no evidence that permission was obtained from authors of these many sites to include links to them here.
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