Principles and Practices of Online Course Creation and Instructional Design

It is confirmed that I will be teaching an online class in the Fall at New York University: Principles and Practices of Online Course Creation and Instructional Design.

The course description:

Designed as an introduction for faculty, trainers, and other instructors, this course prepares you to develop and teach online courses. Topics include the application of learning theory to online instruction, online course content development, and strategies for effective online curriculum planning and delivery. Learn how to define the characteristics and needs of adult distance learners; effective ways to meet these needs through online instruction; and the differences between online courses and traditional courses with respect to class participation, interaction, course materials, and instructor involvement. Reinforce your skills with the design and delivery of an instructional unit.

While the course is online, we are requiring a synchronous weekly attendance for it, though I am planning to record the sessions. The dates for the live sessions are 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, and 11/25. The time will be from 6:30 PM 8:00 PM EST.

I am excited to be using the new Epsilen platform, that NYU SCPS just purchased and is planning to use for their expanded online offerings.

I have been speaking with colleagues all over the Web about this class, and am interested in any and all suggestions and words of wisdom for this (as well as resource suggestions!).

2 thoughts on “Principles and Practices of Online Course Creation and Instructional Design

  1. Hi Jeffrey! What a great class! How exciting!!!

    -Are you including anything on layout principles? It’s not an art class but readings on how properly layout, use whitespace, color, all that would helpful.
    -Robin Williams has some great design books for non-designers.
    -Will they be creating both eLearning and Webinars? I find that many people who transition from f2f don’t get the nuances of the two — that they are very different.
    -Will you teach them to properly use a webcam? And how to record audio – as in, not wearing your cell phone or in a noisy room? Electronic noise and background noise are just sooooo distracting.

    I could go on, but I have homework to do!

    I have a handout of do’s and don’ts we use with our f2f trainers at work. I’ll send myself a note to email it to you.


  2. @Christiana
    Really good points, thank you for raising them. I am first trying to settle on a textbook or two, and then will make some outline. I have an overview in my mind, and am trying to find a book that will discuss it. I want to use as many online materials as I can, yet I still like having a physical thing there (a book) to help with focus.

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