A Guide to Online Course Design: Strategies for Student Success


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A Guide to Online Course Design offers faculty andprofessional staff a practical and easy-to-follow model forcreating exceptional online courses that focuses on qualitystandards in instructional design, transparency in learningoutcomes, and learner persistence. A comprehensive resource, thebook includes effective, research-based instructional strategies tomotivate online learners and help them become more self-directed.A Guide to Online Course Design emphasizes quality standardsand removing barriers to learners’ persistence, which ensuresonline courses meet the needs of online learners as well asdistance education initiatives.

“All faculty members and course designers, regardless ofexperience level, content background, or technology skills, canbenefit from applying the approaches defined in this book. Theauthors have imparted a wealth of knowledge that can improve thequality of any online class and I highly recommend this book forall those involved with online learning.”
– Anton G. Camarota, faculty, University of Denver

“Anyone involved in developing online courses should readthis book! Packed with great insights and the research to back themup, Stavredes and Herder guide readers with practical informationthat will support online course development.”
– Brenda Boyd, director of professional development andconsulting, Quality Matters Program

“The blend of theory and application makes A Guide toOnline Course Design and indispensable resource for anyprofessional seeking to create high quality, outcomes-basedlearning experiences. I loved the action steps that close eachchapter, as they lead the reader through the entire process ofcourse design from analysis to implementation.”
– Kathe Kacheroski, dean of curriculum and instruction,Rasmussen College