Develop your First Self-Paced Online Course

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Description

This course benefits from all the experience that we, at Europass Teacher Academy, gathered in the last two years while creating more than 30 self-paced online courses.

The world has changed in the last year, hasn’t it? Confined in our houses, we learned to use the internet for many ordinary activities as we would have never imagined before. For many of us, this has also become a chance to consider online learning and training as a real opportunity. But…have you ever considered creating your own self-paced online course?

Self-paced online courses can effectively support traditional school education. They can cover secondary topics you don’t have the time to teach during the school year; or they can provide additional examples and explanations, thus assisting your students in learning from home.
Online materials for self-paced study can also complement a teaching strategy based on flipped education. Finally, you may like the idea to create an online course just to address a community of people having an interest in common with you, and share your expertise with them!

This course will provide you with the necessary capacities to manage your self-paced online course in a Learning Management System such as Moodle, create appealing visual content (presentations and videos), and complement a learning unit with effective online tasks, job-aids, quizzes, and other assessment and auto-evaluation tools.

Moreover, you will discover and learn how to apply the principles of instructional design, i.e. the practice of designing online courses in an efficient and appealing way by planning adequately the user’s e-learning path. The instructional design makes the process of learning more fluid and enjoyable and helps involve the students and avoid dropouts in digital learning.

As a participant, you will acquire novel digital competencies and skills with a very practical approach. By the end of the course, you will have designed and developed the essential structure of your own project for a self-paced online course… and you’ll be ready to use your new digital expertise in your everyday (online) teaching with your school students.

Note: Participants are invited to bring their own personal computer, and/or any (digital) materials they may intend to use to create their self-paced online course.

Concept by
Marco Fenici

Requirements

Suggested computer proficiency: Intermediate 

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

  • Manage a self-paced course through a LMS such as Moodle;
  • Design visual presentations and video clips to present novel content;
  • Create assessment activities for online learning;
  • Assemble job-aids and other material to assist online learners;
  • Plan well-structured (self-paced learning) modules and courses.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction & digital learning intro

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • Activity: Expression of participants’ interests and needs;
  • Learning Management Systems & Moodle.

Day 2 – Create visual presentations with PowerPoint

  • How to create effective presentations;
  • Hints and tips from a PowerPoint addicted;
  • A few notes on visual design;
  • Activity: Create a short presentation with PowerPoint, and upload it on Moodle;
  • The principles of digital learning for adult learners;
  • Activity: Re-work your presentation’s content;
  • Activity: Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 3 – Create video clips & formative and summative assessment

Create video clips

  • How to create video clips for your online courses;
  • Recording and screencasting;
  • Activity: Create a short video clip, and upload it on Moodle.

Formative and summative assessment in online learning

  • What, why, and how to ask;
  • Online quizzes as a (self-)assessment tool;
  • Activity: create your online assessment, and upload it on Moodle.

Day 4 – Structure a self-paced module

  • Learning materials: what’s more in an online course?
  • Online tasks and job-aids;
  • Create the introduction and the conclusion sections;
  • Activity: develop a complete self-paced module in Moodle, and share it with the course participants.

Day 5 – Structure a self-paced course

  • Instructional design: an introduction;
  • Plan online learning to guarantee your learners’ results;
  • Know your learners and identify their needs;
  • Learning taxonomies: framing skills, cognitive abilities, and contents;
  • Set learning objectives for your learners;
  • Structure your course and align the learning objectives;
  • Activity: Design the structure of your course in Moodle;
  • Activity: The introduction and conclusion of your course;
  • Roundtable: what uses for self-paced courses in your teaching?

Day 6 – Course closure

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

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