As I develop more and more online courses I’m starting to fine-tune my design philosophy. How do these bullet points fit with your own experience?
- Have a clear path for the learner to follow.
- Strive for deeper learning.
- Focus on the learning, not the technology.
- Be platform independent whenever possible.
- Utilize open source frameworks
- Create adaptable content for both mobile and desktop devices.
- Pluralize your content. Present the same information in multiple formats for maximum learning.
- Always nudge your students’ learning up to the next level of Bloom’s taxonomy.
Presentation of Material
- Incorporate short video (3-4 minutes) with sound and closed-captioning.
- Written materials must be presented in an interesting manner.
- Create succinct checklists for future fast reference and re-learning.
- Edit, edit, edit. Be Hemingway by removing all extra words, phrases, and explanations.
Utilize the Writer’s Craft
- Create suspense
- Be clear and organized
- Use scenarios, creating memorable and personable “characters” that the learner can identify with.
- Overlap information in a kind and gentle manner.
- Follow the Hero’s Journey pattern established by Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, and incorporated by George Lucas, director of Star Wars.
Listen Closely to Your Students
- Their questions tell you where you need clarity.
- Their observations or ideas can be used to enhance the content.
- Ask for their feedback near the end of the course. What worked? What didn’t. What should I change? Take notes!
- Throughout the course, highlight changes you’ve made to the course as a result of previous student input.