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Teaching Online at UD Best Practices Guide Version 1.0 – April 14, 2009 Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center UDit – Curriculum Innovation and E Learning Delivering Quality Online In “ A Vision of Excellence ”, the faculty, staff and students of the University of Dayton are called to create transformative learning experiences in our academic programs that align with our Catholic and Marianist tradition while maintaining a high level of excellence. At many institutions of higher education, online courses and programs are managed within administrative structures that are outside the more traditional academic units. At the University of Dayton, our credit based courses are delivered within and by the traditional academic units, and as such must meet the quality standards defined by the academic units, at the department level and by the various accreditation bodies. It is therefore the responsibility of faculty teaching online to build a virtual learning community that provides transformational learning experiences while maintaining rigor and academic standards. This guide can provide an overview of the best practices to create and deliver an online course. See: http://president.udayton.edu/digitalAssets/20062_VisionExcellence9 9 05.pdf Audience for this Guide This guide is aimed at faculty delivering individual “free standing” online courses or sections. For those faculty teaching in courses or sections that have higher levels of integration (such as within the School of Education and Allied Professions), there may be constraints imposed on the structure and pedagogies used in a course to ensure consistency across an academic program. For this edition of the guide, we are assuming that the online courses are primarily asynchronous and delivered through the Web. Because Isidore is the new learning management system for UD, we will be describing how best to use Isidore.
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2 Best Practices Teaching Online The following suggestions and best practices can help you develop and deliver an online course. Remember to ask the E Learning Lab of the LTC for further information of if you have questions. 1. Planning and Development a. Give yourself time for planning and developing the structure of your online course. Rushed and poorly organized courses can be very confusing to students online, since there may be few signals to help them understand what is happening. b. Research and consider the best pedagogical approaches (see details below). One of the better frameworks for thinking about higher education (undergraduate and graduate) is the seven principles outlined by Chickering and Gamson (see Appendix A). c. Take the necessary time to develop a complete syllabus (see details below). d. Consult with the staff of the Office of Curriculum Innovation and E Learning in the LTC to become familiar with the tools and approaches used in delivering the course.
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