Part 12: Spring 2020 – Remote Readiness Active Teaching Labs

231 Backwards Design for Remote Learning (05.20.2020)

Tips for Backwards Design

  1. Accessibility. New modalities and media bring to light new needs, different means of engagement, and other relationships to digital materials. Captions, bandwidth requirements, available technology, font, page layout, image size, video quality, sound quality, and many more design and production pieces are crucial to students’ successful participation in your course – but also to the quality of the online learning experience.
  2. Build in opportunities for reflection for both the course design itself (anonymous surveys) AND for course content to gauge how students are engaging with their own learning.
  3. Clarity of instruction is essential when delivering remote learning. Consider a practice run through of the proposed instructional strategies and content from the perspective of a “student” to evaluate if the expected performance is appropriately connected to the desired learning outcomes.

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