Organizing what a week-to-week experience is like for your students.
Creating a pattern within your course will help students know what to expect from week-to-week. These micro-level organization choices make the instructors job easier by creating repetition and reducing choices, and make learning easier for students who can focus more on learning content instead of on navigation and orienting themselves.
Folders are an organizational choice that groups content such as readings or powerpoints into folders. These folders are organized by week or content area, and within them may be further folders such as “Homework” or “Supplemental Readings”. This is the basic organizational method most computer users are familiar with.
Modules are containers that organize content. In these items may be sequenced, a table of contents may organize these parts, and students are given more guidance on how to proceed through the content.
To determine which organizational format you’d like to use, consider the following pros and cons for each:
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When you have finished considering micro-level organization, the next step is to begin building your course. This is also a good time to learn about the online tools that will help you create and deliver your course.