Prepare, Design, and Teach Your
Elbaum, Cynthia McIntyre, and Alese
There’s no doubt that a great classroom lecturer
can be an inspiration to students. But almost all lecturers worry that
their students are not learning how to discover, how to make
connections on their own. If you have never taught an online course
you’ll be surprised to learn that teaching online, as described by
the authors, has the potential for providing students with a truly
comprehensive learning experience. An online course can offer students
the chance to learn through exploration, to pursue related areas of
interest, to participate in a community of learners, and to take
advantage of opportunities to excel.
This book, ESSENTIAL
ELEMENTS: Prepare, Design, and Teach Your Online Course offers an easy-to-follow guide that is based on a model
developed from experience with hundreds of online courses. The authors
are members of The Concord Consortium, a nonprofit educational
technology lab dedicated to improving teaching practices through the
appropriate integrated use of technology in the classroom.
Based on their experience, the authors offer the
Concord Consortium e-Learning Model — which provides a working
overview of online teaching — and seventeen essential elements that
take you step-by-step through everything you’ll need to know for
successful online teaching. The essential elements describe the
necessary steps to put the Concord model into practice with these
You will use courseware to display
your course assignments and reference materials as text, with
graphics, colors, and multimedia to enhance the presentation.
Your course will have clearly
written assignments that engage your students in active learning
with each other.
You, as the instructor, will play
an integral roll as a facilitator of that learning.
Your will use the Internet both as
a resource and as a means for connecting yourself and your
students based on your mutual interest in the content —
regardless of your individual schedules, geographic location, or
physical ability to come to class.
You and your students will
communicate and collaborate on a regular basis in a discussion
area that allows for student-to-student and student-to-instructor
Students will assess their own
growth and learning through group discussion and reflection, peer
review, instructor feedback, and self-evaluation.
The essential elements are
presented in three sections — prepare, design, and teach — that
will take you from the starting gate to the finishing line, offering
complete assistance for the new online teacher and new techniques and
tips for those who have taught online before.
With tips addressing everything from
technology to student assessments, from online community building to
collaborative teaming, and from scheduling and pacing to facilitating
online discussions, the authors have the virtual classroom covered.