The proliferation of online teaching has significantly changed higher education. Today's technologies offer opportunities to build advanced collaboration opportunities into each course and to engage students creatively while providing a rich teaching and learning platform. If you are ready to develop your online course, then you have more than likely explored the use of technology to enhance your face-to-face (F2F) courses and have realized its potential to enrich the learning experience.
Teaching online is a viable option for courses that focus on the development of students’ cognitive abilities ranging from acquisition of information to evaluation (Bloom, 1956). Such courses usually teach concepts and principles that engage students in discussions, debates, written expression and problem solving. Because these activities do not always require close observation or F2F interaction, they are well suited for using web-based tools such as those you will find in our current Learning Management System (LMS) – Desire2Learn. Before you commit to developing an online course, there are several points that you should consider: