Big Idea - Making the Transition
Many faculty and administrators believe that building their online or hybrid classroom is no different than preparing for the face-to-face classroom - it's just a matter of "converting" course material (Palloff and Pratt, 2001).
Ko and Rosen (2008) suggest development begins in the same manner as a face-to-face course:
- Goals are set.
- Specific learning objectives are defined.
- Tasks necessary to meet objectives are provided.
- Assignments around tasks are created.
The fundamentals are the same; however, the approach is very different.
For online instructors, when the primary connection you have to your students is through words on a screen, special attention needs to be paid to many issues that are taken for granted in the face-to-face classroom (Palloff and Pratt, 1999).