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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

anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
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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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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