What Resources Do You Use to Create a Course?
  • Use pictures to describe concepts
  1. A picture is worth a thousand words and a million dollars to Divinchi.
  2. It is fine to describe a concept with a thousand words but don't expect half of your students to read it. Most prefer very short explanations with illustrations.
  3. Limit links to Internet sites. Links quickly become outdated.
  4. Get permissions and use diagrams locally.
  5. AGS has teacher resource discs for most of these purposes and there are several Internet sites that sell pictures very cheaply.
  6. Creating your own diagrams and pictures can be time consuming but so can writing that 1000 word description.
  7. Humorous pictures along the way should be included.
  8. Don't you agree!
  9. You can not have too many graphics!
  • Find resources with lower reading levels but higher interest level.
  1. There are several textbook companies that specialize in this area; use one that fits your district's and state's curriculum.
  2. In the classroom, a teacher can explain the text in a book. Not so in distance education.
  3. Students will be on their own most of the time and if they don't understand the book then, "Game Over!"
  4. Easier reading translates to quicker assignments and all of the above.
  5. Make sure the interest level of the book is geared toward the prospective students.
  6. Easier reading should not be associated with lower achieving students, keep high expectations.
  7. Thick heavy books decrease student motivation, especially when they are on their own.
  • Provide the entire course with options on completion.
  1. If your course is designed to be a full year supply all the things the student will need for the entire course.
  2. Students finishing the first semester should not have to wait until February for materials for the second semester.
  3. All student packest for the entire course are identical whether they want the first semester, second semester or parts and peices of the course.
  4. If you course is broken into quarters students, teachers, and parents can decide what quarters they want their student to take if they only need a semester.
  5. Students can scan the whole course to be prepared for what is coming. No surprises!
  • Work toward Alaska Standards, YKSD curriculum while following textbook order.
  1. Chose a textbook that follows the standards of your state and district.
  2. Students do better following the order of the textbook than jumping around to meet particular standards.
  3. If you don't use a textbook because you want students to follow your own road be prepared for nomatic meandering students. You must create a great map following your standards be prepared to spend a lot of time on this project.
  4. Students will tend to use the textbook as a guide rather than a resource manual.
  • Each assignment page should contain contact information.
  1. If a student has a question they should not have to dig for you number.
  2. Students are more likely to guess, get a wrong concept, or give up entirely when they are having trouble than dig for an e-mail address or a phone number.
  3. Make sure and include contact information that is correct. They won't try twice!