Artifact 6:  CEP 820 Creating an Online Course; Developer Notebook

Standards: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Goals: 1, 2, 3

Online Course

URL for 8th Grade American History Online Course:   http://carion.coursesites.com

Name of course:  8th Grade American History
Topic:  American History
Grade:  8
Content Management System:  CourseSites
Instructional Paradigm:  Hybrid
Created by:  Michelle Carion
Year:  Spring, 2014

Login Name:  cep820avatar
Password:  cep820avatar

Developer Notebook 

     Teaching Students Online has been a useful, comprehensive class with real and practical application to student learning involving many different technologies.  Although it seemed overwhelming at first, the instructors broke it down into manageable, logically-sequenced modules that built on a solid theoretical base.  This gave me the proficiency to create, little by little, an online class from scratch that met the needs of my students and adhered to the current best practices in online teaching. 

     The course structure I designed closely follows my teaching methodology for my 8th grade American History class, and has consistent elements in each lesson so that students know what to expect and become more confident as they progress.  I made every attempt to create activities and evaluations that would measure the benchmarks, create a community of learners, build on previous knowledge, and engage the students in a variety of modalities. The Developer Notebook shows my research, critical inquiry, growing pains, questions, and growth as an online course creator.

     Although I certainly do not consider myself an expert in creating an online course, I am now confident enough in what I envision to complete this course for all twelve chapters of my 8th grade American History curriculum.  I look forward to using it all year for my 8th graders, refining/improving/updating it, and keeping up with new technologies and ways to accommodate for learning differences.