As you continue building your course, keep in mind a few principles to make your course easy to navigate for students.
- Does your course have an organization pattern that is easy to follow?
- Is your course organized by weeks or modules?
- Do you have an introduction to the course?
- Are assignments and activities labelled consistently within the syllabus, the schedule, and the layout online?
- Structure and routine in your course can make learning easier for your students.
- Is content presented more than one way? Reading? Watching? Hearing?
- Is the text large enough or can it be enlarged? Can students increase or decrease the sound on media?
- Have you provided scaffolding to assist students in learning the content material? Do they need any background knowledge? Could additional resources assist them? Are the important points and big ideas highlighted? Read more…
- Is your course more than just lots of text? Does it have visual appeal as well?
- Are photos used appropriately throughout content?
- Do you have video clips, either from online or of your own lectures?
- Are image and media sources properly cited?
- Do students get to “see” you in the course? A friendly instructor photo provides a sense of instructor presence.
Talk to your Instructional Facilitator for more ideas or assistance with applying these ideas to your course. Find these tips and more online in the Online Course Development Support Site.