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This module describes a five-step process for planning for a distance course.

Create a course outline

Instructional design plays a key role in organizing a course. In F2F courses, assignments are presented to students to coordinate with assigned readings and lectures. The instructor typically addresses questions about the assignments in the classroom. In an online course, one organizational method found to be useful is to create an outline containing class sessions, assigned readings, assignments, assessments, and other pertinent points for instruction.

Example (by week)

Sessions Readings Assignments Assessments
Week 1
Week 2

Your course doesn't have to be organized by weeks. You may consider using topics, chapters in the text, or other organizational schemes. Regardless, this schedule of planned activities will help you organize your materials, assignments, and assessments. You may note that this organizational outline looks remarkably like the Course Content and Class Schedule often found in syllabi. We often organize F2F instruction by dates (classroom meetings) but online coursework can expand this organizational scheme.

Locate existing materials

Spend some time locating and gathering existing materials for the course. If you have taught the course face-to-face, you probably have lecture notes, presentation slides, handouts, course activities, assignments, and assessments. Most materials used in F2F courses can be modified for use in a distance course. Faculty should verify that materials are readily available electronically. Distance Learning Library Services can assist faculty with reading lists.

Identify formats of materials on hand

Identify the formats of existing materials. Some of your materials may already exist in some electronic form while others are print copies or other formats. Regardless, some modification is necessary to prepare these materials for upload into a distance course. In fact, we encourage you to always modify materials if you are concerned about quality for the distance course version. A presentation in a F2F course is enhanced by the instructor but the instructor is not available in the same way for the distance version. We encourage you to create similar materials that are organized in smaller units with use of Bold or Italicized text to point out key ideas.

Match existing materials and activities with outline

Spend some time determining the materials, activities, and assessments you have "ready-to-go"and which materials, activities, and assessments need to be created. Identify gaps between "what you have" and "what you need." Create a list of what you need to develop.

Create the course "file map"

Create a file map structure of your course. You have identified materials, activities, assignments, and assessments in your course outline. Create a folder for each organization section (Sessions, in the example shown). These are the main folders for the organization of each main section of your course. Within these folders, we suggest you develop additional folders to house materials. These are the sub-topics for each of your main folders. You can also create sub-folders for sub-topics as necessary throughout your organizational file map. Try to go no deeper than 3-4 folders to make it easier for students to locate materials.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
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da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
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
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Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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