What are Best Practices in Designing and Online Course?

Sheilla Norton
2012-09-19 21:08

 From Moodle News, Wednesday Sept. 19, 2012, #iMoot Recap: Best Practices in Course Design @michelledmoore



Michelle Moore (@michelledmoore), Chief Evangelist for Moodle at Remote-Learner.net had one of the best presentations that I saw at the iMoot last week. Her presentation focused on the best practices of Moodle course design and usage including the list of tips and tricks you’ll see below. If you ever get a chance to attend one of her presentations definitely take advantage of her 8 years of Moodle experience in course design and helping other teachers build better courses.

If you’re a iMoot attendee (or want to register for access to all of the great sessions) here’s a direct link to the presentation page: http://2011.imoot.org/course/view.php?id=25.

Below are just a handful of the tips I picked up from her presentation. I’ve included her slideshow embedded below (but you’ll miss out on all of the great anecdotes and tips that she gave during the presentation).

Note that the presentation also includes some tips for Moodle 2.0 specifically which I have not included here.

  • Don’t use more than three font styles
  • Don’t use the course page for content (use it as a launch page)
  • Don’t do all the work yourself (let students build content in glossaries, databases, discussion forums, etc.)
  • Eliminate horizontal scrolling
  • If you create links in labels, note that they will not be tracked in user activity reports (if you’re going to put them on the main page create them as a resource for better course tracking/management)
  • Don’t overdo Activity/Resource names (keep them short/descriptive). If you need to add additional information add context in a label below/above
  • Don’t be afraid of white space
  • Beware the scroll of death!
  • Align pictures: left/right alignment will wrap text/resources/activities around the images
  • Simplify delivery
  • Don’t be afraid to branch out to other activities. Moodle has so many activities to offer experiment with them and put them to use


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