Starting from Scratch: A Systems Model for Successful Assignments in Online Learning
Jamie Edwards, Indiana State University, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in New Orleans, LA, USA ISBN 978-1-939797-12-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
This paper addresses an observation of pedagogy in assignment design for online learning by incorporating backwards design methods and promoting elements of best practice in the design of instructional materials. Course materials transferred from face-to-face to online courses often don’t provide enough detail in the assignments that describe expected outcomes. This paper proposes strategies for instructors in developing a stylized assignment template that encompasses essential aspects of an assignment to provide clarity of instruction for learners to achieve measurable learning objectives. Applying a consistent plan for development of online instructional materials can address concerns related to objective alignment and assessment. The purpose of this paper is to present instructors with criteria to consider in assignment development for online delivery while addressing quality standards and instructor expectations.
Edwards, J. (2014). Starting from Scratch: A Systems Model for Successful Assignments in Online Learning. In T. Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning (pp. 518-523). New Orleans, LA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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