1.3 Instructional Activities
instructional activities should be directed toward providing learners
with the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience required to meet
the goals and objectives of the course.
A. Design and utilize learning activities that engage students in active
B. Provide meaningful
and authentic learning experiences that help learners apply course
concepts and achieve course objectives.
C. Use strategies that consider the different learning styles of students .
D. Remember that active participation facilitates
learning better than passive participation.
courses can accommodate varied learning styles. Be creative
and use several different activities. Use interactivity to
enhance the learning experience. Get students interested and
involved in the subject through learning activities. Some
"Wikis" and "blogs"
board or chat discussion
1.3.2 Content should
be sequenced and structured in a manner that enables learners to achieve
the stated goals.
materials that have been successful in the classroom may not be
successful in an online format. Decide how these might be modified for online use.
should be "chunked"
or grouped to help students learn the content.
will need to divide the content/information into "chunks"
that enhance student learning. Determine a course schedule
based on how the content/information "chunks" such
as modules, chapters, weeks, etc.
Many textbooks now come with
accompanying CD-ROM, Internet sites, activities, etc. When
choosing a textbook for the course, examine accompanying materials
to determine their usefulness for the course.
All instructional materials should
be thoroughly reviewed for appropriate content and problems
before they are chosen for a course. Ensure that the materials
address the learning objectives. Prepackaged materials may
be supplemented with summaries, examples, etc. to connect
them to objectives and personalize them to your teaching style
With an online course you are
not limited to presenting text. Links to other resources and
informational sites will help student learn to use the Internet
as a research tool. Multimedia within your course
may enhance student's attention.
and learning activities should encourage frequent and meaningful interactions
among learners and between learners and instructors.
strategies and techniques for establishing and maintaining "learning
communities" among distance learners through the use of instructional
technologies. This will help to overcome the isolation that
students could experience when taking an online course.
a Virtual Community
activities for an online course should encourage human interaction.
Student involvement with the instructor and other students
is an integral part of an online/Internet course. Some strategies
to do this include:
Personal web page with photos
1.3.4 While selecting
appropriate instructional materials, the instructor should be aware
of the online instruction copyright issues and carefully observe all
policy states "All copyright laws apply to electronic pages
and therefore permission must be obtained to publish information,
graphics or photographs that are not original material".
course developer should obtain copyright permission for any
media and content according to current copyright and fair
use laws. See the FGCU
Copyright Policy for more information on copyright permissions.
Be sure that the source/author of any media or information
on your web site is properly cited.