An MC standard course template has been designed to maintain a familiar layout for students and offer a springboard for instructors by which to develop each course home page.
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This course template is then customized by sub-department, adding features and information pertinent to the subject. For access to your template, click on the "template" link below. If you find you cannot access your template, contact your MCMoodle liaison. View liaison list here.
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Best Practices For Online Development
Best Practices For Online Course DesignA synthesis sample of strategies, activities, design techniques and organizational tips that have been successful in higher education. View here.
MC's Policy 2.35 For Online Instruction Outlines the online instruction, delivery methods and expectations of online development, teaching and learning at Mississippi College.
SACS Best Practices for Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs These Best Practices are divided into five separate components, each of which addresses a particular area of institutional activity relevant to distance education. They are:
1. Institutional Context and Commitment
2. Curriculum and Instruction
3. Faculty Support
4. Student Support
5. Evaluation and Assessment
Each component begins with a general statement followed by individual numbered paragraphs
addressing specific matters describing those elements essential to quality distance education
programming. These in turn are followed by protocols in the form of questions designed to
assist in determining the existence of those elements when reviewing either internally or
externally distance education activities.
A Synthesis of Sloan-C Effective Practices, December 2011
Moore, Janet C. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, v16 n1 p91-115 Jan 2012 Encouraging continuous improvement in the quality, scale and breadth of online education, the Sloan Consortium invites practitioners to share effective practices. This report synthesizes effective practices submitted by Sloan-C members to the online collection at http://www.sloanconsortium.org/effective as of December 2011. The synthesis includes links to detailed postings about practices, including the authors and their institutions. View here.
This article discusses the effectiveness of the case method when teaching online by comparing synchronous and asynchronous communication technologies with respect to how well they each embody Chickering and Gamson's Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education. The authors also present their empirical study of the effectiveness of different online case discussion methods with respect to student learning and satisfaction. The empirical findings suggest that student satisfaction and perceived learning are affected by the type of technology used to implement the case method online. The technology used for case discussions in an online course seems to matter, especially with respect to how well it enhances students' engagement and interaction with the instructor and their fellow students. (Contains 4 tables.) View here. (You must be logged in to MC to view.)
What are the most effective and efficient ways to teach business cases online, specifically in asynchronous electronic discussion boards? This article describes several design strategies and approaches used by instructors at Babson College to structure and facilitate online case discussions in our blended Fast Track MBA program. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] View here. (You must be logged in to MC to view.)
Moodle "Best Practices"
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