10 Effective Practices for Digital Teaching
TIP 4: Use a Course Design Standard but Include Variety
Pay attention to how your course is designed, structured, sequenced, and how you have organized your content and menu. It may go without saying, but if navigation is challenging or confusing, this takes away from students time in accomplishing course outcomes.
Carefully reviewing your course content, using a simple and standard course design, and a clear and concise weekly format that is easy to navigate is helpful to students - and reduces their cognitive load. Encouraging students to develop a routine can be guided by how you manage your course and the instructional design. Also, the use a variety of large group, small group, and individual work experiences offer a blend of activity. Learning works best when there are a variety of activities and experiences. Equally so, online courses can be more enjoyable and effective when students have the opportunity to brainstorm and work through concepts and assignments with peers.
How do you do this?
- Use a very simple and streamlined course menu, and be sure to leverage the Blackboard default layout and menu. This will create consistency across all courses in Blackboard providing a much easier learner experience for students at GVSU.
- Consider using Open Educational Resources (OER) in your course for content. OER resources are no or low cost, allow you to remix and share, and give valuable options for flexibility. In addition, OER resources are available to students electronically and remove barriers of access.
Carefully consider which assignments might lend themselves to group or peer experiences and don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from the GVSU eLearning team members about pedagogical approaches and appropriate technology to support group work.
Unique to GVSU, the Digital Studio offers a lightboard that can be used to create engaging lecture videos.
- Theory into Practice Tip Sheet: Design Tips from Blackboard Exemplary Course Winners
- Tips for Teaching Online via LIFT Student Evaluation Instrument
- Community of Inquiry: Introduction, Social Presence, Cognitive Presence, Teaching Presence
- GVSU Blackboard Instructor Guide
- Creating Groups in Blackboard
- Tips for Teaching HyFlex and Staggered Hybrid Courses with Remote Learners
- Good Practice Teaching Standards derived from Online Education Council's Online/Hybrid Course Peer Review Rubric