To ensure quality when starting an online course or program Tony Bates has developed nine steps for online teaching for the first time. In the first step Tony defines quality online learning very narrowly.
It is outcomes based: By quality, I mean ‘Reaching the same level or better with an online course as for an equivalent face-to-face course.’ This has two quantitative critical performance indicators:
- completion rates will be at least as good if not better for the online version
- grades or measures of learning will be at least as good if not better for the online version.
The suggested activity for the first step asks you write down your philosophy of teaching. Tony asks the question, “how you’d really like to teach your subject, if you weren’t constrained?”
What a great suggestion to begin with the faculty members teaching philosophy. It reminds me of one of Stephen coveys 7 steps of highly effective people- keep the end in mind. this activity sets the stage for not only the faculty member creating the online course but also for the team members. It provides a clear understanding of where the faculty member wants to go with the course. The philosophy is the guiding principle for planning the online course and molding the faculty members teaching practices with their philosophy. What a great way to begin the design process for creating online courses.