Annotated Webliography: 
Online Course Components & Design 

Andrew L. Habermacher, Ph.D.

Revised 31 October 2001

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Online Course (OLC) Collections

The World Lecture Hall.
(Annotation: A useful site. Allows access to many courses. See especially, the section 'Distance Learning Institutions'. One can see the degree to which instructors in a variety of disciplines have designed & implemented their courses ranging from traditional lecture courses with some online materials to fully online courses. ALH)

OLC Components

Creating Powerful Online Courses Using Multiple Instructional Strategies.
Tina Joy Pitt & Anne Clark. U of Colorado-Denver.
(Annotation: Discusses 9 instructional components (i.e., learning contracts, lecture, discussion, self-directed learning, mentorship, small group work, the project method, case study, & forum) & suggests strategies for use in OLCs. ALH.)

A Practical Guide to Teaching with the WWW.
S. Polyson, S. Saltzberg & R. Godwin-Jones.
(Annotation: See section entitled "features of an web-based learning environment" briefly describing components of online courses including online syllabus, assignments, announcements, personal home pages, interactivity (fora, chats and/or email), testing, course management & content. ALH).

OLC & Web Page Design

Web Design for Online Courses.
Univ. of Illinois. 1999.
(Annotation: Good tips & resources on web page design for OLCs. ALH)
Web Page Assessment Form.
(Annotation: An form for assessing OLC web page design. ALH)
Distance Education at a Glance.
U. of Idaho.
(Annotation: An interesting & helpful set of modules providing a view of distance learning from a teacher/course designer perspective. ALH)

OLC Models

Models of Online Courses.
R. Mason. 10/98. The Open Univ.
(Annotation: See subsection entitled "Online Course Models" which explains the content+support model, the wrap around model, and the integrated model. ALH)

Practical Advice on Creating an OLC.

Designing and Teaching Online Courses.
(Annotation: A well organized presentation of 30 power point slides which outline one way to proceed with designing an online course. Some slides need more explanation than is provided. A thought provoking site. ALH)
Going the Extra Mile: Serving Distance Education Students.
E. A. Buchanan. U.of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
(Annotation: This site has somewhat more to do with practical advice about conducting an OLC than with OLC design or components. In addition to practical strategies for instructors, Buchanan also suggests some strategies for libraries & institutions serving distance students. ALH)
Online Academy Workbook
Stephen F. Steele and Mary Wells
(Annotation: A very good 'by-the-numbers' guide to creating an OLC. I found it especially useful in helping to reconceptualize a traditional course into an OLC. The site is evolving and will probably get even better.)
Putting courses online: Theory and Practice.
(Annotation: Provides some useful information on the process of moving traditional course content online (what works, what doesn't), but is primarily devoted to looking at implications of the Objectivism--Constructivism debate for teaching via the Internet . ALH)
Seven Steps to Success Designing Online Courses
Chris W. Brueckner. 10/99. East Carolina University http://bass.sit.ecu.edu/FacultyResources/designingonline/
(Annotation: Very Useful site! Guide to how to proceed with making an OLC page design.. ALH)
17 Elements of Good Online Courses.
Doug Madden, Honolulu Comm. Coll. 8/3/99.
(Annotation: Useful practical advice, especially for inexperienced teachers and OLC designers. ALH)

Learning (Cognitive) Styles & OLCs

Cognitive Styles and Distance Education.
Y. Liu & D. Ginther.
Online J. of Dist. Learn. Admin. Vol. II, No. III, Fall 1999. State U. of W. Ga.
Annotation: A thought-provoking, well documented, somewhat theoretical article which raises the question,"How much formal attention should be given to student learning style differences in the design and conduct of online courses?" The article [1] examines the cognitive styles construct, [2] describes   some cognitive styles (i.e., field indedepence - dependence, holistic - analytic, sensory preference, hemispheric preferences, Kolb’s learning style model), [3] lists some major characteristics of distance education (i.e., definition, learners characteristics, technology characteristics), and [4] suggests applications of cognitive styles considerations to the design of distance education in four areas (i.e., instructional planning, learning environment construction, teaching method selection and evaluation. ALH)
Learning Styles in Adult Education
Dr. Robert Ouellette
University of Maryland University College
(Annotation: Bob's a member of FOTTC Topic 5 Team (Creating Online Course Components). His paper (in progress) contains empirical data on frequencies of various learning styles in a sample of UMUC students.)

General Resources

An Overview of Online Educational Delivery Applications.
G. E. Marsh, A. C. McFadden & B. J. Price.
Online J. of Dist. Learning Admin., Vol. II, No. III, Fall 1999. State U. of W. Ga. http://www.westga.edu/~distance/marsh23.html   
(Annotation:  Implementations of OLC design & components are clearly affected & delimited by the functionalities available in OLC delivery platforms. This reviews many OLC delivery platforms and
their functionalities & has links to sites evaluating the platforms. ALH)
Resources for Online Course Development.
Anne Arundel Community College Online Academy (OLA).

(Annotation: A useful site with guides & links related to OLC design development & pedagogy. The OLA also offers an excellent one week faculty summer institute focused on how to develop an online  class using FrontPage & WebCt. ALH).

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