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Written by way of Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt, specialists within the box of on-line educating and studying, this hands-on source is helping larger schooling pros comprehend the basics of powerful on-line review. It bargains tips for designing and enforcing artistic evaluation practices tied on to path actions to degree pupil studying. The e-book is full of illustrative case experiences, genuine exams dependent in real-life program of innovations, and collaborative actions that investigate the standard of scholar studying instead of hoping on the conventional equipment of measuring the quantity of data retained.

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Once we have a good understanding of what we want to accomplish in the course and to whom the course will be delivered, we can begin to tackle the task of laying out the course in units and determining what will be accomplished in each. The goal here is to link the unit objectives with the overall outcomes of the course—in other words, how will this unit serve to meet course outcomes? The objectives for each unit should drive the development of activities—what can we ask students to do that demonstrates they have achieved the objectives for the unit and eventually the outcomes for the course?

Verbs that indicate action should be used. Vague verbs, such as understand, learn, or know about should be avoided in favor of such verbs as describe, discuss, restate, analyze, synthesize, and the like. In summary, to be effective, good learning outcomes are • Consistent with the goals of the curriculum (competencies to be achieved) • Clearly stated • Measurable • Realistic and doable How Do We Know They Know? 11 • Appropriate to the level of the learner • Focused on the important results desired at the end of the course rather than minutia Elements of Good Course Design Just as with the development of competencies and outcomes, and the use of them as a foundation, good course design or development begins with the end in mind.

Knowing who our students are and how they learn—a topic we will cover a bit later in this chapter—helps us to design a course that is learner focused and centered—a hallmark of good online course development. Once we have a good understanding of what we want to accomplish in the course and to whom the course will be delivered, we can begin to tackle the task of laying out the course in units and determining what will be accomplished in each. The goal here is to link the unit objectives with the overall outcomes of the course—in other words, how will this unit serve to meet course outcomes?

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