The next phase of the new program and course development process is to examine, research, and design the new proposed course as an online course. Online course delivery options must be explored. A variety of resources need to identified to successfully develop a new online course. These resources may include a variety of publications, possibly even the oversight of a faculty mentor. California State University, Chico provides a detailed site for the development of an online course. In developing the new course in public management as an online course the Chico State rubric was used as a guide that helped with the design of the online delivery system. I have found that use of rubrics in online design is supported by many institutions. The Chico State rubric for online teaching and learning served as the rubric that was used to develop the new online course in public management for Folsom Lake College.
To build an online course there must be a process; this process needs to incorporate the methods of instructional design and applying these components into an online format. The overall end result is that the student learning outcomes are developed into instructional activities used for learning. Key decisions were made into developing the online design. Part of the process included documentation as to the online design, methods for interactivity, number of contacts with the faculty-member, and methods for online assessment and evaluation. One thing that was important to realize was that developing an online courses was different than developing a traditional face-to-face course. An article written by Nanette Johnson-Curiskis, a faculty member from Minnesota State University has provided some additional considerations when planning an online course:
1. Teaching and learning online is different than teaching face-to-face.
2. Good course planning and good teaching are universal.
3. Course planning begins with course objectives and clear specific student outcomes.
4. Interactivity is an essential component of online teaching and learning, with the understanding that successful online education is dependent upon interaction among participants” (Kearsley 1998).
After further investigation into the actual planning of an online course I decided that the focus needed to be on the development of learning activities, and that my next step should be to create a visual plan for the course design, including the actual web design, layout, and components. Another key consideration is the types of online tools that will be used, especially tools which promote interactivity and collaborative learning. An additional consideration was made to teach to identify the necessary support that would be needed to sustain the resources that will necessary to support online delivery of the course.
The first major step was to develop the content and topics that supported the student learning outcomes. These topics...