I developed these nine steps in response to requests about how to ensure quality when starting an online course or program. Now there are lots of excellent e-learning quality assurance standards, organizations and research available online, and I’m not going to duplicate these. Instead, I’m going to suggest a series of practical steps towards implementing such standards.
I’m assuming that the previous analysis of why an online approach is required has already been done.
Here in brief are the nine steps (outlined incidentally in my recent presentation to the University of Sherbrooke). I will do one short post a day on each of these nine steps:
Nine steps to quality online learning:
- Step 1: Decide how you want to teach online
- Step 2: Decide on what kind of online course
- Step 3: Work in a Team
- Step 4: Build on existing resources
- Step 5: Master the technology
- Step 6: Set appropriate learning goals
- Step 7: Design course structure and learning activities
- Step 8: Communicate, communicate, communicate
- Step 9: Evaluate and innovate
One last point. The emphasis in these posts is on doing online teaching for the first time, or what I would call e-learning 1.0. For more advanced course design, for more experienced online instructors, see Designing online learning for the 21st Century. However, the nine steps may be equally useful for improving existing courses or programs if good design principles were not used first time around.