*Why are you using a CMS?
*What do you hope students get out of using a CMS?
* What do they know about the learning goals?
* What do they know about technology?
* Why are they in your course?
* If it is a distance course, are they there for the right reason?
* What tools do you want to use?
* How do you want students to navigate through your course?
sure the technology does not get in the way of the learning.
* Know your tools - sign up for workshops at your school, befriend the
technology trainers, and get a good reference book! Don't ask students
to do things you don't know how to do yourself.
* Take into account the typing proficiency of your students.
* Create or use clear how-to guides with plenty of pictures and simple
* For instances where a CMS is just a support for a Face-to-face course,
provide alternatives for the technology-timid.
* Support different learning styles (use images, video, audio, opportunities
to interact, etc.)
an Active Learning Environment.
* Set learning goals or specific assignments for the CMS.
* Use the Discussion Board to encourage interaction.
* Use information gaps - have students post information they have that
other students need.
* Showcase - have students present projects and assignments to others.
* Provide clear ways for students to get in touch with teachers and
ask questions (e-mail, on-line office hours, discussion board about
course questions, phone, etc.).
* Give marks for on-line attendance and participation.
* Use the CMS to highlight important information.
* Create a task checklist for students to download.
* Post updated and highlighted schedule or syllabus.
* Avoid information overload.
* Post links to related topics.
* Incorporate multimedia.
* Post pre-tests.
* Use on-line grade book so students can check grades.
* Show that you value and assess on-line discussions and interactions.
Participate regularly in on-line discussions - students won't care if
they don't think you do!
* Use WebQuests to guide on-line information gathering.
* Post examples of student work.
* Post assessment rubrics.
* Host on-line office hours in a chat environment for distance students
or students with busy schedules.
* Set up groups so students can work together (with group guidelines).
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