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This module provides examples and strategies for specifying course goals, expectations, and policies when teaching an online course. This module is part of the Best Practices in Online Teaching Course created by Penn State University World Campus as a guide for faculty who are new to teaching in an online environment.

What to do?

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Effective online instructors provide at the outset course goals, expectations, structure, and related course/department/University policies.

How to do it?

Many of the following components commonly appear in a course syllabus. However, you may choose to include some of them in your course Announcements or elsewhere:

  • Course name and overview
  • Instructor’s name and contact information
  • Course goals and learning objectives ( See Example 1 )
  • A description of course structure, including how online courses work generally as well as specifics
  • Course materials or textbook(s) (both required and optional)
  • Course schedule, including lessons, reading assignments, assignments and deadlines, projects, quizzes, exams or papers, and/or other learning activities planned
  • Grading policies (Please see more at Tips for an Effective Syllabus by Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT))
  • Academic integrity ( See Example 2 ), policies ( See Example 3 ), and readings ( See Example 4 )
  • Guidelines for student participation ( See Example 5 ) and collaboration including: (a) Guidelines for online communication ( See Example 6 ), such as posting messages to online discussion board, responding to messages posted by others, sending course emails, and working in teams in the online course; (b) Policy for assignment submission and grading (e.g. by dropbox or by email); (c) Netiquette guidelines for the online course and/or additional netiquette resources ( See Example 7 )

Course objectives

Course Objectives Sample 1

At the end of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Appreciate the complexities involved in developing and executing a disaster plan for both EMS and hospitals
  • Describe the coordination involved in integrating these plans with existing federal and state personnel and resources
  • Explain the role of various domestic and economic policies on the planning for and recovery from disasters and terrorist emergencies
  • Identify the key psychological and social consequences of disasters and terrorism that must be addressed in disaster planning and response
  • Outline specific issues unique to urban search and rescue, disaster communication, agricultural biosecurity, and critical infrastructure protection
  • Recall fundamental research methodologies in the study of disasters

Course Objective Sample 2

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sense of the historical scale of natural disasters, the rate at which they occur, the 'hot spots' for major disasters, and the degree to which the recent past is representative of the overall record
  • Compare and contrast the scientific causes and impacts of major categories of natural disasters (e.g. tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, volcanos, and mudslides)
  • Analyze any given natural disaster from a scientific, historical, and social perspective
  • Articulate key considerations in planning and decision making related to managing the impacts of natural disasters
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what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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