I'm on the scrounge again, sorry! I need to write a course for training teacher-trainers to deliver training in an online environment, so like an "online moderator's course" or "online tutor's course" ... but there's a catch! They *won't* be participating in a moderated course to do this, it has to be self-access! So, they'll miss lots of loop input and tips and tricks that an experienced online tutor/moderator would model, and won't have an opportunity to actually try moderating any groups in a training environment.
Also, I'm concerned about how to keep the course engaging. Making "lock step" or (so-called) tutor-led courses engaging is comparatively straight forward, but keeping people motivated and enthusiastic in a "party of one" over any length of time (up to 15 hours course work) is a little more challenging, I think.
Has anyone got any good ideas for keeping motivation/engagement high in a 100% self-access course? This question is as much about teaching strategies as technical wonders - some concrete examples or good sites to look at would be great!
I found some nice evaluation features at http://www.breastfeedingbasics.org/ (a free online course about breastfeeding). [You'll need to set up a free account to access the materials on the site, but it's quite straightforward. The site presentation is looking a little dated now, but in terms of pedagogic approaches, it's worth a look.]
- For each unit of the course, they have a pre-module evaluation followed by coursework and then a post-module evaluation. The thing that's interesting about it for me is that after you complete the 2nd evaluation, it compares your 2 scores, and shows you the differences in your answers.
- It's also got some very clever features in some of their "how are you doing"-style evaluations in the actual module (see http://www.breastfeedingbasics.org/cgi-bin/deliver.cgi/content/Anatomy/case3.html for an example of this), whereby if you write something like "don't know" when a longer text-based (i.e. non-check-box answer) is required, it prompts you to at least have a go!
Thanks for sharing,