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How to Write an eCourse: Lesson 1

How to Write an eCourse: Lesson 1

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©HowtoWriteane-Course:
LessonOne–LayingYoure-CourseGroundworkwww.ihaonlinecampus.com
LessonOne:LayingYoure-CourseGroundwork
Welcometoyoure-Courseonhowtowriteane-Course!Iassumeyou’reherebecauseyouhaveafabulousideaforane-Courseofyourown.I’mpleasedtojoinwithyoutoguideyouthroughtheprocess.
GoalsforThise-Course:
 
Youwillwriteasolid,effectivefirstlessonofyoure-course.
 
Youwillconstructtheassignmentsthatgowiththefirstlessonofyoure-course.
 
Youwillhaveaclearunderstandingregardinghowtogoforwardinwritingtheremainderofyoure-course.
GoalsforLessonOne:
 
Dothepre-workrequiredforwritingane-Course
 
Organizeyourthoughts
 
Outlinethee-Course
MaterialsNeededforLessonOne:
 
e-CourseGroundwork 
 
NotebookpaperandpenORawordprocessingwindow
 
Referencematerialsyou’dliketousewithyourstudents
 
Ifyou’reworkingonnotebookpaper 
:Tape
TASKONE:
Gatherallmaterialsneeded
 ApproximateTimeRequiredforLessonOne:
 
1-2hours
 
 
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©HowtoWriteane-Course:
LessonOne–LayingYoure-CourseGroundworkwww.ihaonlinecampus.com
Youmaybeane-courseexpert,havingtakenmanyyourself,oryoumaybenewtothisworld.Sothatwebeginwithsharedunderstanding,let’sdefinewhatane-courseis,and,asimportantly,whatitisnot.
Whatane-courseis:
 
 Aclassorsubjectlikethekindyoutookinschool.
Thinkofamathclass.Atthebeginningoftheyearyoulearnedtoadd,thenlateryoulearnedtomultiply.Yourteacher,ofcourse,knewmoreaboutmaththanaddingandmultiplying,however,s/hetaughtyouonlywhatyouneededtoknowtoaccomplishthegoalsofthecourse.
 
 Aseriesofmini-lessonswithgoalsandassignments
 .
Inyourmathclassondayoneyouwereintroducedtothe+sign.Thenextdayyoulearnedwhatthesigncoulddoandyoupracticedwithyourteacher.Thefollowingdayyourteacherassignedyoutotryaddingonyourown.Bydaythree,yourteacherhadtakenyouthroughthreelessons.That’swhatatypicale-courseis.Itisashortseriesoflessons
landmarkedwithtasks,orassignments
,forthelearnertocomplete.It’sthroughassignmentsthataskthestudenttoapplytheknowledgeyou’reteachingthatlearningissolidified.
Whatane-courseisn’t:
 
 Anessayorseriesofessays.
Youlearnedinmathbydoing.That’swhatane-courseistoo.Aninstructorprovidesinformationandscaffoldingsothatthestudentcanapplylearningontheirown.
 Ateacherteaches,thengivesstudentstaskstocompleteusingwhatthey’vejustlearned.
 
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IdentifyingYourLearners
 
©HowtoWriteane-Course:
LessonOne–LayingYoure-CourseGroundworkwww.ihaonlinecampus.com
Youhaveunderstandingsurroundingatopicthatotherswouldalsoliketounderstand.Asyouapproachyoure-course,it’svitaltobeawareoftheknowledgethatyourstudentsalreadypossesinregardstoyourtopic.Thebaseknowledgeofyourstudentsmaybeverybasic;ortheymaybecomingtoyouwithmisconceptionsand/orbiases;ortheymayknowquiteabitaboutyourtopic;ortheymayteachyourtopicthemselves.Beforeembarkingonthisteachingjourney,youhavetoidentifyyourstudents.Thisstepiscrucialbecauseitwillhelpyoufiltertheinformationyouplantoteach.Ifyourstudentsarenovices,you’llnecessarilyneedtosetasidemanyofthemorecomplexconceptsyoulove.Ifyourstudentsaremoreexperienced,you’llneedtomovequicklythroughanybackgroundinformationinordertomeetyourstudentsattheirlevel.
TASKTWO:
1.
 
Fillinrows1and2on
e-CourseGroundwork 
.
Beclearandspecific.Ifyouneedtocomebackandchangeanythinglater,youcan.
Example:
Topic
How to write an e-Course
Audience
 
Those who wish to write a successful e-Course on a specific topic
 
Some with basic writing experience and confidence
 
Some with very little formal writing experience nor confidence
 
Some with formal teaching experience
 
Some with very little formal teaching experience
Ifyoufindthatidentifyingyouraudienceishard,itmaybebecauseyoufeelthatonespecificaudiencemaylimittheinformationyou’dliketoshare.Forexample,perhapsIfeelthatI’dliketoincludeinstructioninthiscourseregardingspecificeducationalprotocols,butthatamoreentry-levelstudentmaynotbeinterestedin,orreadyfor,thisinformation.It’sgoodtobeawareofthisandaccountforit.Considerstartingalistofpotentiale-coursesyou’dliketoteachinthefuture.Thiswillgiveyouaplacetoputthemorecomplextopicsyou’dliketoexplorewithstudents;saveitforafuturecourse.Teachentry-levelconceptstoentry-levelstudents.Reservemore“heady”elementsofyourexpertiseforacoursedirectedtothosestudents.
 
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