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Teachers Using Designerly Thinking in K-12 Online Course Design
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, , Indiana University Bloomington, United States ; , Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis, United States

Journal of Online Learning Research Volume 1, Number 3, ISSN 2374-1473 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Teachers are typically abstracted from the design process and not referred to as instructional designers. However, they are constantly designing instruction (or adapting instructional materials) on a daily basis. Teachers provide a unique perspective as instructional designers: instructional design, content experts, and instruction delivery. Thus, describing their design process is important to help support teachers as they design online courses. This case study examined and described the design process of eleven high school teachers as they designed, developed, and implemented their first online courses. Findings from this study present the online course design processes of these high school teachers and highlight the resources perceived as valuable when embarking on a their first online courses: teachers face constraints; teachers use a variety of technological tools; teachers use a variety of pedagogical strategies; belonging to a community of practice helps; teachers report valuing the support of an Online Learning Coordinator; although given similar guides and resources, teachers make independent design decisions; and teachers rely on feedback from a variety of sources. Recommendations are made for K-12 online learning coordinators, school administrators, and for first-time online teacher/designer related to the processes involved in designing online courses. Keywords: teachers as designers, k-12 online instructional design, designerly thinking

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Gyabak, K., Ottenbreit- Leftwich, A. & Ray, J. (2015). Teachers Using Designerly Thinking in K-12 Online Course Design. Journal of Online Learning Research, 1(3), 253-274. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 21, 2019 from .

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