Below is a recent thread about what makes a good online course. Click through to read the whole thing.
In the last 2 years, I’ve gone through 8 online courses but completed only two: WoP by @David_perell and BASB by @fortelabs. What makes them different and what can other course creators learn? Here are 11 components for creating a next-level online learning experience:— Julia Saxena 🚀🚢 (@julia_saxena) August 8, 2020
Main points the author hits include:
Measurement of progress
Collaborative learning and feedback
Proper use of technology (like breakout rooms)
But her first item was this:
1. Onboarding: Before the course starts, let students reflect on their intention and goals. Measure their current state to show them where they are now. Then measure again at the end to show progress.— Julia Saxena 🚀🚢 (@julia_saxena) August 8, 2020
This is the definition of [humanistic learning theory] (https://www.wgu.edu/blog/what-humanistic-learning-theory-education2007.html). The learner should have their own goals and [grades are irrelevant] (https://facultyweb.cortland.edu/andersmd/HUMAN/PRINC.HTML). Measuring their own learning is important.
This can be implemented by giving the same quiz at the beginning and end of the course, so students can measure learning in a firm way. Or it can be mushier – asking students to reflect on what they’ve learned is one way of doing this.