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Designing the Educational Content of a Web-Based Resource

Now that you have decided that you do indeed need an online resource and what you want to accomplish with it, "how do you get there from here?" Educational Design encompasses methods and practices for helping you achieve your Learning Goals.

Fostering critical thinking, scaffolding and assessment are all important issues of Educational Design for consideration.

At the workshop, participants were asked to summarize the most important lessons they learned as well as the what they recognized as needs for the educational community to move forward in creating online resources.

  • Web pages, as well as all of our classroom material, should require a purpose or a goal statement.
  • Large sites are useful, but we need to own the responsibility of scaffolding and sequencing in relation to our students use of these materials.
  • Design web pages as you would any new exercise.
  • Everything is better with an intentional design effort—including web sites.
  • The value of adding more formative assessment into our web materials?
  • Duplicating in-class interactions in a web-based environment.
  • Documentation of the value of on-line communications mechanisms as applied to educational activities.

  • Sites that catalog best practices in the use of online resources in education.
  • Continued networking among instructors utilizing these technologies in order to share ideas, strategies and resources.
  • Web assisted instruction: what exists to indicate that the web has a positive affect on student learning, and under what context has this been shown?
  • Pursue a possible opportunity to use the Journal of Geoscience Education as a medium for disseminating and facilitating some of these discussions.
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