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This paper provides a checklist of suggestions, hints, and competencies needed to take an online course from ideas to reality. The introduction addresses the pedagogical potential of the World Wide Web. Migrating the course to the online environment is discussed in the first section, focusing on the following considerations: determining course objectives; etiquette; developing course materials; reviewing existing course materials; access to library materials and the instructor; and organizing course materials and the course plan. The second section addresses managing groups in the online environment, including the factors of time, group size, overcoming distance, getting started with collaborative learning, and examples of group activities. Developing Web content for the Internet course is considered in the third section, including content writing and hypertext, writing style, and interactivity and non-linear content. The next section covers assessment and evaluation issues, including formative and summative evaluations, dialogue, chat room visits, student assignments, and group assignments. The fourth section covers choosing courseware for online instruction, and a table summarizes suggested collaborative projects for the distance learning environment. (Contains 13 references.) (MES)

Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning, Courseware, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Group Activities, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Development, Material Development, Online Courses, World Wide Web

Web site: http://www.mtsu.edu/~itconf/proceed00/carlson.html.

Author: Carlson, Rosemary; Everett, Donna R.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9829&id=ED446752

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