Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide (Essentials of Online Learning)

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About the Author

Marjorie Vai has been directly involved with online education and training for almost 25 years. Most recently, she designed and developed the online Masters Degree Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) at The New School, New York.
Kristen Sosulski is an assistant professor of information systems and the Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at NYU Stern
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  • Series: Essentials of Online Learning
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (January 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415873002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415873000
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne Wheeler, Ed.D. on February 2, 2012
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This book provides thorough yet succinct coverage of online class design and implementation. Authors Vai and Sosulski have distilled the material under study and presented only what is essential thereby accomplishing what instructors who meet with students face-to-face as well as instructors who deliver their instruction online should strive to do. The third and fourth chapters promote clear concise writing and visually appealing, uncluttered page layout. One of the exemplary lessons shows how the instructor breaks up or chunks a lesson into a series of sections: students read; examine pictures; reflect upon the content provided and complete a small project. Students will retain this lesson because they have an opportunity to apply the new information right away and yet they are not given too much content to wade through. People enrolled in online classes are often highly motivated but struggling with time constraints so a well-organized lesson that can be completed in one sitting is probably most beneficial for them.

"Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide" also addresses online course standards, assessment, creating course objectives, student engagement and course technology. This book is a fraction of the size of comparable "how to design/implement an online course" books so reading the entire book when you need to design/implement an online course is practical and will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you have received the full import of this highly recommended guidebook.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John D. Rogers on March 15, 2011
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I've been creating and delivering online education materials since the mid 1990s. In talking with others in the field I've noticed a lot of enthusiasm for moving coursework online, but little in the way of structured, practical guidelines about how to do so effectively. Too many educators move a syllabus online without carefully considering how best to adapt it to an online student population.

"Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide" will be an incredibly valuable resource to new and seasoned educators with an interest in online education. Using its clear, well documented approach will enable them to develop online courses that satisfies the pedagogical needs of their students in a creative, engaging manner.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael J.Severs on March 17, 2011
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This is a great resource for those who are new to online courses. I've been teaching on campus courses for over a decade and this Spring I am teaching my first experience an online Art & Design Education course for Parsons The New School for Design. In the class we have discussed the challenges to teaching and communicating efficiently online. This book offers some great hands on steps to help set up your course and things to keep in mind during the semester. - Dina Weiss
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Malbrizio on April 11, 2012
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The book is extremely useful. I am starting a new job as an instructional designer and I plan to use the standards as my checklist when auditing courses. Furthermore, I plan to use the book as a foundation for any workshops that we will be hosting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martha Burger, Ed.D. on June 13, 2011
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I love this book (Essentials of Online Course Design) and I'm drawing heavily on it as I redesign face-to-face courses to become online courses. I want my online courses to be truly valuable learning experiences for my students -- not just glorified correspondence courses. This book provides a step-by-step guide for creating an effective online course. It is just a great resource and is at my side during the design process. It has been a valuable tool in this just-in-time learning experience and I highly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bancha Srikacha on September 12, 2012
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As an Educational Technologist, this book has been of immense help developing courses with online faculty.

It covers a broad scope, including aspects such as writing style, effective visuals, group work, discussion forums and blogs, and most importantly, how to tie them all together.

If you're designing a course, or will be working with others on how to do so, this book does a great job of presenting the opportunities online teaching offers. You'll learn how to choose the best elements to achieve your teaching objectives, design effective lessons, and encourage collaboration and discussion.

Teaching online can be understandably challenging. But with the guidelines and concepts outlined here, you'll be well-prepared and eager to begin teaching online.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By tdreader on January 5, 2013
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They content was ok, a little too geared for university type courses. Would have much preferred a paper version as the kindle one was poorly formatted, text cut of, did not translate well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Langford on November 16, 2012
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I am a year into writing eLearning materials and, before I started, I looked for good guidance resources - there are not many about that I could find then. This one is just right. The chapters are relevant and easy to read, the check-lists (which I share with my editors and co-designers) make for straight forward communications between us. I am still working through the materials that are on the supporting web-site and I am inspired by what I see.

My favorite chapter is about the visual design of written materials. I had already been striving to produce visually easy written materials and hade developed my own practices that were confirmed and advanced by the advice in this book.

Next-up for me is to train a group of eLearning authors from partner organizations. I will use this Guide as the common text between us.

I could still use a bit more guidance around how to make good formative assessment devices ... but that probably is LMS specific ...

Many thanks to the authors for creating this excellent book.
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