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Module Three: Preparing a Lesson, Unit or Module Within a Course
Overview

Much of what we see in the world is organized in our memory banks. We file away bits and bytes of information continuously, as our natural need to see the world is always simultaneously attached to our need to organize and categorize everything we see. On the power of seeing, William Blake writes, "To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour." In the classroom, then, the student sees the teacher, other students and the ensuing conversations filing away each new byte of knowledge alongside its visual cues such as pose, location, gesture of the speakers and listeners. Open eyes and open minds ensure the classroom is not closed off from the richness that is human experience.
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Objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to do the following:

  • Identify principles underlying course organization
  • Learn student perspectives on different systems of course organization
  • List diverse ways of organizing course material and achieving objectives
  • Estimate the value of basic or sophisticated course sites depending on course format
  • Learn course design through examples
  • Gather ideas from experts on online course organization
  • Understand preparing a lesson, unit, or module from the K-12 perspective
Introduction
In the online format, it is critical to be aware of the necessity of visual organization as we plan our courses. We engage the world in every breath – from food, scenery, and learning, we consume as we see. Yet, a wholesome meal cannot be consumed in one gulp; we take bite-sized mouthfuls in order to be able to digest what we consume. Similarly, a course, whether it varies in length from a month to several months to a year, is difficult to see if its entire span appears on one screen. "Chunking" the course into manageable portions is an art and a necessity of teaching across all media to all audiences. In this module, we will discuss the details of chunking from preparing a lesson, unit or module within a course.
 
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