Online Learning Update

June 20, 2013

Early experiences from running an online learning course

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Ulla Rajala, (Cambridge) Landscape Perceptions

The greatest surprise this far when running my Googling the Earth online course is the amount of ‘proofreading’ it requires. In the end it is not enough that you come up with an idea, sell it, prepare the material and hand it over. One also has to make sure that it is correct, since the lovely people in the e-learning department do not know the subject matter. In the end, the person who has created the material knows the order it has to be presented for a maximum learning effect and how different parts (podcast, audio PowerPoint, web pages, exercises and links) link and build up into a learning experience. I have realised that I have probably included too much content into the course. This is quite normal for an academic archaeologist; you just think the amount of basics people have to grasp in order to be able to process certain new topics.

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