Building the Net: Challenges to Online Course Template Design
Concurrent Session 2
An effective course template is pedagogically sound, accessible, and abides within the instructional design framework. However, online course template design can be confusing and frustrating. This session will discuss the process, challenges, and considerations necessary for creating effective online course templates.
Designing and building online course templates is an incredibly intricate process that requires knowledge from several disciplines. Creating an online course template is much like constructing a net for a trapeze artist. The net itself consists of many interlocking threads that each provide their strength to the net. In template design, the threads consist of many factors such as accessibility, pedagogy, instructional design, and graphic design. These threads form the foundation from which the instructor designs and builds their instructional content. The intent is for the student, as the trapeze artist, to fly high above the net.
Uniformity is a crucial element in the template design process. However, uniformity does force the designer to walk a fine line between template design and instructor freedom. Templates must provide space for the instructor's individuality and personality to shine through. On the one hand, each course should be unique while also providing a clear and consistent means of organization and structure. As a result, it was necessary to design templates by department or college since each has its ideas and preferences for course design.
Having a clear and straightforward process for online course template design is crucial. The process begins with an in-depth discussion with the department or college requesting the template. After which, the team creates several rough drafts, each having a unique design. These designs are then presented to the department or college for approval and additional requests. Finally, the team builds the final template. They check it for accessibility and ensure it follows the university course standards before presenting it to the department or college.
Should you start designing online course templates? How do you get started with online course template design? Who needs to be involved in the process? What types of challenges should you expect along the way? What is the process of designing and building an online course template? All of these questions will be answered in this education session. If you're interested in this process, we look forward to discussing this topic with you.
Level of Participation:
This session will consist of a lecture-based presentation while also including interactive gamified elements. Upon completion of the lecture presentation, the presenters will provide time for questions and answers.
Individuals attending this education session will be able to identify the various elements of effective online course template design. They will also be able to list the common challenges associated with online course template design. Finally, individuals attending this education session will be able to articulate the online course template design process.