Create a logical consistent modular course structure

 OSCQR Design & Layout | OSCQR 3.16 | OSCQR 3.17

You will need to "chunk" the content of your course in to digestible pieces or modules to give it structure, consistency, and form for online presentation and delivery to your students.

Your pedagogical approach, the nature of your content, and the constraints and features of the online asynchronous environment are what will determine how you "chunk" your course.

  • Consider your goals and content and see whether chunks naturally emerge.
  • Look at examples of how others have "chunked" their courses. Depending on what is being taught and how the instructor teaches, a module canbe created by:
    1. Content-specific topics
    2. Chapters of a textbook you are using
    3. Date or time frame
    4. Metaphor
    5. Steps in a process
    6. Any of these methods may be combined.

Use modules to present course content and activities into “chunks.” 

  • The Magic number of modules is 7 (plus or minus two). 
    1. Consider your goals and content and see whether chunks naturally emerge. 
    2. Look at examples of how others have "chunked" their courses. 
    3. Depending on what is being taught and how the instructor teaches, a module can be created by:
      1. Content-specific topics
      2. Chapters of a textbook you are using
      3. Date or time frame
      4. Metaphor
      5. Steps in a process
        Any of these methods may be combined.
  • Use module titles, section categories, document titles, subject lines as advanced organizers.

  • Provide a Module Overview for each course module. Your module overview document should cover the following:
    1. Goals or objectives for the specific module  
    2. Learning activities for the module: what students will be doing as they work through the module. Keep in mind that reading subject content is a learning activity, as are any "off-line" activities, such as interviews or observations, which you might require students to do as part of your course. Other activities might include discussions and written assignments such as papers, essays, or tests.
    3. Methods of evaluation: How will student work in the module be evaluated?  
    4. Link to the course calendar for specific due dates.

Create and duplicate a consistent module structure for each course module. 

Anatomy of a Module:    OSCQR 3.16

  1. Provide a Module Overview
  2. Present Content:
  3. Determine/Design Interactions:
    • Reading
    • Online Interaction (discussion)
    • Group work/projects
    • Off-Line activities: observations, experiments, reading
    • Watch videos

Course Structure Planning Guide 

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