Distance Education (Creating Online Resources) OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Teacher Education Class by USU

Published Feb 09, 2009

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Distance learning gained a powerful new life through online capabilities that seem to expand daily. To educate students at a distance, teachers need to find or create online resources. Utah State University offers 'Producing Distance Education Resources' as free OpenCourseWare. Students in a bachelor's degree program in instructional technology, teaching or education may be interested in this course.

Producing Distance Education Resources: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes No No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
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Producing Distance Education Resources: Course Description

Professor Mimi Recker opens this course with the basics of HTML. (Prior knowledge of HTML is not required.) Students learn to evaluate a website's usability and publish a website using FTP (file transfer protocol) using a Windows or Mac computer. Students then begin learning about producing online resources and learning objects using Macromedia's Dreamweaver (DWMX).

Cascading style sheets, frames, online collaboration and video streaming come next. Finally, students learn about using digital libraries of screened websites and Instructional Architect, a free program that allows teachers to select from the National Science Digital Library suitable learning resources for their web pages. Three texts, DWMX and an FTP program are required.

The course includes PowerPoint lectures and links to tutorials, templates and many useful 'white papers' for readings. To begin working with online educational resources, look at the

Producing Distance Education Resources course page.

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