How to Create Your Own Computer-Based Course

Creating your own computer-based course involves using authoring software to generate instructional modules and making them available to students, typically by using a course (or learning) management system. Develop your course by beginning each instructional lesson with a statement of the learning objectives. These objectives define what the student can expect to be able to do upon completion of the course. Add pages containing relevant text, graphics and multimedia components to provide instructional content.

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    Create course content such as exercises and resources using an authoring system. Group Web pages together to form lessons a student can navigate through like a book. At the beginning of each lesson, indicate its descriptive name and include summary text to indicate what your instructional content covers. Add links to pictures and other multimedia elements to provide additional instructional details.

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    Instruct your students to print lessons for later reference. You may refer to these as study guides.

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    Provide links to other online resources, including Web sites and documents. For example, create a Web page with a table of links to relevant images, simulations, demonstrations and other multimedia components to reinforce your instructional content.

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    Add interactive activities so students can practice what they have learned and to test their knowledge. For example, add a Web page at the end of each lesson containing quiz questions such as multiple choice, true/false or matching exercises. Provide feedback for incorrect answers and encourage students to review the instructional materials.

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    Include a glossary of terms by creating a Web page containing course terms and their definitions.

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    Conduct testing of your computer-based course with a small group of students.

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    Incorporate feedback from your testers before announcing the course to your student community.