Different teachers have different ideas about how to make courses but most of us use our experience as classroom teachers.
Teaching online is different because when you are planning the course you do not know who is going to be in the course. You do not know how much experience the students are going to have with reading, writing and computers. You do not know how much help they can get from teachers and tutors. And you do not know what subjects they like.
In classes in programs there are usually 5-10 students. In online courses there can be over 100 students in one course.
I try to have a lot of variety so different students can enjoy different parts of the course. Different people like different things and different people find different things boring. I hope that everybody will find something they like in each course.
I try to have different activities so that people with different experience can participate. Some people like to read a lot and some people do not. Some people like to write a lot and some people do not. I try to have variety so that people can choose to do the things they like best.
Also, we ask students what they think about the activities and the courses. We learn from what they tell us and use that information to change the way we make the courses.
Here are some things we have learned from students:
- many people find working online very challenging and confusing at first but become very good at it quite quickly
- many people like the chance to work independently
- many people like writing stories and poems
- many people like sharing opinions
- many people like talking to other students in forums, messages and chat
- many people like learning by watching videos and listening to audio
We have also learned that some students do not like learning online. We are trying to learn more about why and if there is anything we can do to make learning online work better for them.
What do you think? What else should we be thinking about? Let us know in the forums and in the evaluations.