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On-Line Short Course Design Document

On-Line Short Course Design Document

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Published by Darren Dennstedt
Research based document on best practices for designing an online course.
Research based document on best practices for designing an online course.

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Published by: Darren Dennstedt on Jan 26, 2013
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Short Course Design 1Running head: Short Course Design DocumentShort Course Design DocumentDarren DennstedtUniversity of Colorado at DenverINTE 5200 Designing and Organizing an Online Course
 
Short Course Design 2Short Course Design Document
Overview
Students come to school with basic conceptual models of how electricity works. Many of these models are flawed with misconceptions. Misconceptions in science can remain with astudent into adulthood if not addressed and corrected. As a result, clear learning objectives aboutsimple circuits were developed at the onset of the design of the online course.The learning objectives developed for the online course took into consideration the currentstate science standards.Standard 1: Physical ScienceStudents will understand energy comes in many forms such as light, heat, sound, magnetic,chemical, and electric.1b. Show that electricity in circuits requires a complete loop through which currentcan pass.1c. Describe the energy transformation that takes place in electrical circuits wherelight, heat, sound, and magnetic effects are produced.The desired learning outcomes for students include the following:1.
 
Students will understand a circuit is a pathway through which electric current flows.2.
 
Students will understand energy transfers between electric sources and receivers.3.
 
Students will identify the essential components of an electric circuit and understandthe functions.4.
 
Students will identify materials that are conductors and insulators.
 
Short Course Design 3
As students’ progress toward understanding of the learning outcomes several essential
questions will be considered.1.
 
How do we know that energy exists within a system such as in an electrical circuit?2.
 
How can you get electricity from a source to a receiver?3.
 
How does electricity flow through a circuit?4.
 
Can an object complete a circuit?The intended audience is a group of fourth grade students in a public school classroom atTimberline Elementary School. Enrollment of students is currently at 620 students: 76% White,8% Black, 8% Hispanic, and 7% Asian/Pacific Islander. In 2012, Timberline Elementary Schoolhad 15% of students eligible for free or reduced lunch programs.The target audience consists of 28 students with the percentage of male and female studentsbeing almost identical: 52% male and 48% female. Five students are on an IEP (IndividualEducation Plan) and three have a 504 plan. A 504 plan is an individual plan developed forstudents with special health care needs making accommodations to allow for full participation inschool.Understanding the student demographics was instrumental in the design process of theonline course. Creating an online blended course that combines traditional face-to-faceinteractions with online computer activities seemed the logical choice when targeting theintended audience. Opportunities to participate in hands-on classroom activities which aresupplemented and reinforced in an online course strengthen student understandings of thelearning outcomes.

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