Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
Kovacs Consulting Internet and Web Training -
1117 Meadowbrook Blvd.
Brunswick OH , 44212
United States
Diane K. Kovacs is the primary contact.
Phone: 216-392-8254
Fax: 330-225-0083
Resource URL:
Region: Midwest

Description: Overview In this self-paced hands-on course the intellectual focus will be on using good instructional design and Web page design principles. Participants will also be introduced to Web-based Teaching techniques and materials using standard Web pages and the Moodle LMS. This course requires a significant amount of hands-on learning-activities , project work, and readings. This work will result in a completed instructional design plan for an instructional unit - course/workshop/tutorial - of the participants choice for a learner group of their choice with teacher guidance and approval. This is a two phase course. Phase one is lecture, discussion, and readings on the instructional design process in the context of online teaching and learning. Phase two is hands-on activities that will step participants through creating or assessing an instructional design plan (with teacher guidance and approval) for a short unit of instruction on a topic and for learners of their choice (short course/tutorial/course). The course is hosted on a Moodle server. Participants will receive and/or be able to download printable versions of the learning activities etc. to use during the course session as well. Diane Kovacs has been teaching this course in various versions for over a decade. The original version was a three Topics long hands-on course "Designing and Implementing Web-based Training in Libraries" developed for the Cleveland Area Metropolitan Libraries in 1998. Audience Librarians and other information specialists who are interested in learning the instructional design process, reviewing distance education/Web-based/online teaching and learning tools and options. Some experience with online learning is assumed. (e.g., have taken a course online, completed a Web-based tutorial as a learner). No online teaching experience is expected, but Web-based teachers will find the course a good review and reinforcement experience. Participants should know how to use e-mail and a current standard Web Browser. Level of instruction is intermediate. Tuition $275 as of 1/16/13

Experience Level: Beginning
Continuing Education Experience: Previous e-learning experience as student.
CE Contact Hours: 30
Professional Competencies: Curriculum Design and Instruction
Subject: Teaching/Instruction
Course Type: e-Learning - Web-based (Moodle) and Face-to-Face

Educational Objective: Learning Objectives Participants will be able to use clear instructional design process to design distance education/online teaching and learning units. Participants will be able to evaluate distance education/Web-based tutorials, courses, or workshops in terms of their design and relevance. Participants will end the session with a completed instructional design plan for a simple tutorial, short course, or workshop of their choice (with teacher guidance and approval).


Phase 1. Topic 1. The Instructional Design Process and Web Design

Lecture, Readings, and Discussion 

Philosophical, Practical, and Technical Premises

Time and Commitment

Whether and When Web-based (or Other Online) Training is a Good Option?

Web Teachers Competencies Review - The Need for Good Communications and Technical Skills in Online Teaching/Distance education 

Instructional Design of Web-based Training for Adult Learners

Introduction to Web design for Online Teaching and Learning Usability and Accessibility

Phase 2. Topics 2-4. Creating an Instructional Design Plan for Web-based Training

Phase 2. Topic 2: Evaluating Online Training from a Student and Teacher Viewpoint

Learning Activities and Readings: 

Activity 1. Evaluating Online Training from a Student and Teacher Viewpoint:Tutorials (Stand-alone Web Sites)

Activity 2. Evaluating Online Training from a Student and Teacher Viewpoint: Courses with Asynchronous Classroom Communications

Activity 3. Evaluating Online Training from a Student and Teacher Viewpoint: Courses with Synchronous Classroom Communications Options 

Phase 2. Topic 3: Designing a a Simple Unit of Instruction* Steps 1-5

Learning Activities and Readings:

Activity 4. Designing a Simple Unit of Instruction (e.g., short course/workshop/tutorial): Step 1. Needs Analysis/Instructional Goals

Activity 5. Designing a Simple Unit of Instruction: Step 2. Instructional Analysis (aka Task Analysis), Step 3. Entry Behavior and Learner Characteristics, and Step 4. Performance Objectives (aka Learning Objectives) 

Activity 6. Designing a Simple Unit of Instruction: Step 5. Instructional Strategy

*A Unit Instruction in this context means short course/workshop/tutorial, etc.

Phase 2. Topic 4: Designing a Simple Unit of Instructions Steps 6-7 and Putting it all together.

Learning Activities and Readings: 

Activity 7. Designing a Simple Unit of Instruction: Steps 6-7. Developing Instructional Materials and Formative Evaluation 

Final Project: Using your work in Activities 4 through 7 create a final instructional design plan for a short course/workshop/tutorial.

You may choose to register for Implementing Online Teaching and Learning: Using Moodle and Other Web 2.0 Features to implement your course/workshop/tutorial on the Moodle LMS (or an LMS of your choice that you have access to). 

Need for This Course: I've been teaching this course in different forms over the past two decades including online for ACRL. The courses usually fill and this one has been taught in-person and online for MLA CE approval in the past in a less comprehensive format.

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on Exercises, and Problem-based.

Participant Materials: Moodle hosted course with PDF printable versions of the Moodle hosted lectures and learning activities.

Facility Requirements: Students must have an Internet connected computer with a current Web browser and access to e-mail.

Additional Evaluation: Will use MLA CE form.

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