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Tips for Online Course Organization Part 1

As an instructional designer with some privileges to enroll into and access my college's courses, I inadvertently receive course emails from frustrated students to their professors about what to do or where to find assignments. Even if an online course is complete with a highly organized syllabus, robust content, structured assignments, goals, and clear objectives, it can still be poorly received if the learner has difficulty navigating through it all. Outlined below are three basic organization tips for instructors to support students' access to content.
1. Limit the amount of content you present. A regular college online course should ideally have all or most of the content ready before the first day of class. However, it can be a little overwhelming for an online student when all this is available to them at once. Chunk content into smaller units by creating sections, folders, and modules. If your learning management system or LMS allows, try setting visibility times so th…

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