Why do many online courses fall flat? How can I motivate and engage online learners in my program area?If you’ve been asking yourself these questions, I hope you’ll check out our new online course Noodling Moodle: Motivating and Engaging Extension’s Online Learners. This isn’t a ground-up basics of Moodle course -- you can get that from central IT. Instead, this is a course that aims to show you how to plan a quality online course for non-credit learners that will get and keep your audience motivated and engaged.
Our learning objectives for the online Noodling Moodle course are to provide an opportunity for you to:
- Understand backward design and how to implement it for student clarity and intuitive course structure
- Recognize assessment strategies designed to evaluate learner progress and provide opportunities for hands-on learning
- Become exposed to diverse modes of content sharing for sufficiently comprehensive and engaging delivery
- Learn accessibility and usability basics and where to find more detailed information and support
- Experience various forms of interaction designed to motivate learners and increase learning
- Where to start when designing an online course
- How to provide opportunities for hands-on, active, and interactive learning
- Exciting methods of content sharing
- Awesome ideas for interaction designed to motivate learners and increase learning
Better yet, we’re hoping to grow an online community (via a Google Group) of Noodling Moodlers who have completed the course and want to share successes, challenges, and insights -- as well as offer rubric-supported peer reviews for friendly feedback on in-development courses.