Be sure to complete the Orientation Activity before our FIRST MEETING on January 8th!
Welcome to the BPSLearns Facilitator Learning Course, brought to you by the OIIT Digital Learning Team. This course introduces you to the basics of designing online courses using Learning Management Systems: specifically, the new BPS Learning Management System, BPSLearns.
Throughout the course, we will model what the principles of online learning design and implementation and prompt you to integrate your learning into your own BPSLearns course.
This series is divided into six week-long topics:
This course calls on you to not only place professional learning materials for educators in an online environment, but to design an online learning experience for educators using the capabilities of Web 2.0 technologies and Learning Management Systems like BPSLearns. This is not an easy task! Online learning is tricky -- it can be hard to hold users' attention, difficult to make the content feel engaging and interactive, and frustrating to learn the intricacies of a new online system. However, the design of online learning content can also be a lot of fun, requiring you to think about your goals and to truly become a designer of web and learning content!
We have designed this course to enable as much facilitated play as possible. By this we mean we have built into this course as many opportunities as possible for you to work within the BPSLearns tool, "playing" with the available options while receiving support from us. Part of this involves face-to-face workshops on Thursdays for the last four weeks of the course (see course calendar). We have also scaffolded the online learning design process by having you first plan, then develop, various parts of your course. The success of this model depends largely on you! Keeping up with course expectations will enable us to give you timely feedback as you design your online content. At the end of the course, you should walk away with an online course that you can implement and use with educators!
In order to successfully complete this course, you will need to: