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Below is our list of the characteristics of a good online course.   Each has been discussed in a previous post.   We will use this list to evaluate MOOCs and other online learning products and hope the list will be useful to others for similar purposes.   Also, we hope that it will be helpful to others […]

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  Classroom lectures which are videotaped and placed online are an anachronism.   They are an attempt to convert the online space into nothing more than a physical classroom.   All the power of online to deliver imaginative and novel learning experience is wasted in having students sit passively in front of a computer watching a talking […]

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The ideal price of an online course is composed of two elements.   One element is the price of a course at the school generally.  The other is a somewhat lower charge than that for a traditional textbook.  This is because increasingly an online course is complete without a textbook and the student should purchase it […]

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A good online course links itself to the old system of printed text.   It provides a summary of the learning provided by the course which can be printed in PDF format so that the student obtains a text summary of the course.  Online courses often minimize text in an effort to be different from the […]

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A good online course permits reliable assessment of each student’s mastery of the material Assessment must be comprehensive and reliable.  The tests must assess each student’s mastery of all the material in the course. Assessments should be frequent. Assessments should be of two types:   one type is self-administered, allowing the learner to continually monitor his […]

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A good online course must utilize narrative learning. Most people prefer stories to analytical or didactic presentations, wherever this is possible.    This has always been so, and is a reason why Jesus taught with parables (stories).   Law schools use cases which involve narratives of events as a basis for most learning.  Business schools do the […]

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A good online course must be available on mobile devices, including phones, tablets, etc. The current press of technology and communication is into mobile devices.    Large numbers of people who are likely to be learners now have them.   It is natural that they should wish to access their learning materials online.  It is likely very […]

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A good online course can be taught online, in the classroom or in combined mode equally successfully. There is nothing that requires an online course to be taught online.  This comment requires explanation, because it says that an online course means something different than a course that is given online.   In fact, an online course […]

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A good online course permits individualized instruction By continual assessment of learning progress of each student; and By stressing content and pace as appropriate to each learner Individualized instruction is a very good thing for learners.   It permits a learner to have the best of both worlds –by being a member of a class so […]

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