Late last night, I finished a QM internal online course review. One thing I have noticed that instructors miss is providing learners with detailed navigational instructions for their online course. Instructors should be careful to tell learners how to locate content, learning activities, assignments, announcements, assessments, and other course material. Not all learners have taken an online course and not all online courses are arranged the same way. Providing learners with navigational instructions reduces cognitive load as the learner will not expend cognitive resources to figure out where to find things– cognitive resources may be appropriately applied to learning the content.
I’m working on an informal Quality Matters review for a criminal justice course. QM reviews give me the opportunity to keep my instructional design and online course development skills sharp while assisting a peer with his or her online course development.