Creating a Simple Weekly Structure for Online Courses

When teaching intensive online courses and smaller load courses, it is crucial to create a simple, easily accessible weekly course structure for students. While a simple structure is relevant for all online courses, a disjointed structure in a short-term class can cause students frustration and stress and result in lower enrollment and lower student grades. I donít want students wasting valuable time searching for course expectations, weekly assignments, or lecture content. I have taught in Desire2Learn and Blackboard, and now primarily use the Moodle learning management system (LMS). Regardless of the LMS used, a simple weekly structure can cut down on wasted student time, repeated student questions, and confusion on assignments.

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