The first week in an online class can often be very disorienting for any student. Often learners are lost and confused. Also, many students are fearful of a new and different way of learning and this may even take the drastic step of dropping the course.
As a result, the first week of an online course is very important for both the instructor and the learners. Clarity is required because the students many not know how to utilize all the online course functions and features, or may be nervous if they have never taken an online class before. Students also need to know what they are going to study and read, what assignments they are required to complete, and any other expectations.
- It is important to be very clear on class policies, grading, weekly requirements, how to navigate around the course and how to submit assignments.
- It is important to help your students “walk” around the course, learn where things are, and what technology skills and software are required. The first week also provides an opportunity to get to know you and other learners in the course.
- It is important to use strategies to help the students feel less isolated by welcoming them to the class and making connections with their classmates.
To help online students get of to a great start you worked with a team to design the first week orientation of an online course. To receive feedback on your design you submitted a proposal to present at the National eLearn Conference and your proposal was accepted!
You will be co-presenting with your team. The title of the presentation will be Week One: Getting Started in Your Online Course. For this presentation you will describe your completed template for the first week of the online course. Your presentation will provide evidence that you have met specific criteria for each of the 7 content components required. You will also discuss what worked in the design process, and what you would change the next time you use a weekly template to design an online course.
- Create a primary objective, using a weekly template. Day 2
- Create an activity or activities- where learners absorb, do and connect. Day 2 & 3
- Create an authentic assessment with a rubric. Day 3 & 4
- Create an introduction, overview/summary of the topic. Day 4
- Create links to related topics and other materials. Day 4
- Complete the Week One template and practice the team presentation. Day 4
- Present- It’s Showtime! Day 5