Opening Discussion Course Structure Quiz End in Mind:
Final Assignment
Criteria & Protocols Getting Started Demo Lesson & Assignment
Course Structure and Quiz

Please take the quiz that is associated with the course introductory material. The Course Intro Quiz can be found in our Canvas Course.

Why do we do this?

This is an example of one way to ensure students actually read your instructions. We know how easy it is to simply gloss over introductory material and get started on the substance of a course.

Does this work? Will students better understand the protocols for our courses if we make them take a test? Let's see how you feel about it once you get into this course.

Note your reactions while taking the quiz. Your reactions will more than likely mirror the reactions of some of your students. Would you consider using this same approach with your online students? Your response to that question reflects an aspect of your personal philosophy on learning and teaching. Please keep this in mind when you look at the End in Mind for this course.


You will have received an email with an invitation to OLTD 504 in Canvas. Please create an account and peruse the course.


Click the Icon on the right to watch these videos on how to use the Checklist & 500 Tracker for OLTD504
Click the icon to the right after you have watched the video so that you can make your own copy.

The last week and a half of the course is reserved for a paper or project that focuses on this Critical Challenge Question:

How can Learning Systems (LMS and/or Non-LMS) help me develop courses where students learn in the best way for them (teacher-structured/personalized), while providing me with the tools I require for efficient and efficacious presentation, moderation, support, and assessment (for, as, and of learning)? (Phew! There's a mouthful!)

Each week will begin with a reading related to the tasks for that week.

This course may be "lighter" on readings than others. Your instructor feels that understanding Learning Systems requires experience, reflection and collaboration. Readings for this course are included to help understanding of "the why" of what we are doing, and to assist in the development of LMS selection criteria and best practice. The readings are included to support reflection and may not require in-depth study. Having said that, you may want to weave the readings into your Blog/Learning Journal reflections and your final project or paper.

All readings are available for free online. Some of the readings can be found in the online text that you have already been using in this program:



You will be writing in various formats, including:

  • Blog / Learning Journal Posts
  • Comments on the posts of others
  • Posts and comments in Google+, Twitter, and other collaborative media.



The majority of your reflecting and writing will take place in your Blog.


In previous OLTD courses you had an opportunity to use a Learning Management System (D2L) for your written discussions. Written discourse in OLTD 504 will occur primarily as comments on each other's blog and Google+ posts.

For more on the rationale behind using Blogs as a place for discourse, see our Week 1 reading (found on the Getting Started Page).


OLTD 504 is structured around a dynamic version of the community of learning model rather than an independent learner model. (You can read about the differences between the clm and the ilm in . Pages 348 and 349 provide a brief description.) This course is an opportunity for you to experience intense collaboration in an online environment, with all of the glories and challenges that come with online coordination of tasks, responsibilities and products.

Some will find the design of this course challenging, some will find it quite exhilarating.

Use this course as an opportunity to reflect on what you feel works and what you feel does not work in an online course.

Note what you would like to try in your teaching, and what you would rather have needles in your eyes before you put your students through it.

You will be collaborating on several fronts. The tasks associated with Weeks 2 - 5 are far too large to complete in isolation. These tasks will be handled in a Jigsaw format so that the work of the week is not too onerous.


Online learning is still going through a late adolescence of sorts. The prevalence and continued emergence of dynamic tools can be quite daunting at times. In order to find appropriate material, you will be expected to demonstrate effective research/networking skills during this course.

Collaborating groups are encouraged to use any resource at their disposal to come together for organization and discussion. Use Google Hangouts, Google+ Communities, Skype, Collaborate, Facebook...

You will be using Collaborate to present. This may be your first time as a moderator in a Collaborate classroom.

LearnNowBC provides services like Collaborate to BC educators who have a BC school district suffix in their email address ( Your instructor has a Collaborate room that he keeps open all year for informal chats and formal presentations.

It is recommended that you set up an account with LearnNowBC. If it is desired, your instructor can show you how to generate a year-long Collaborate classroom. This tutorial can occur during the first online session.

If you do not yet have a school district email account with which to generate a LearnNowBC account, your instructor will provide you with a collaborate classroom for the duration of this course (if you need it).


You will be giving and getting feedback from your peers.

Modeling "best practice" observations with regard to peer and self-assessment, you will hopefully be receiving an equal quantity of peer feedback to teacher feedback.

Saddler and Good found that properly "incentivized" peer and self assessment does not only correlate extremely well with instructor assessment, but it increases the potential for social learning and deepening of understanding.
If you are interested in this topic, you might look further by starting with Daphne Koller's Ted Talk presentation on Coursera's attempt to provide free education to millions. )


The final question for the course may be completed as an online project or as a formal (APA) paper. If you are selecting an online project you will find the variety of tools that might be utilized awe-inspiring (or jaw-dropping, or downright overwhelming). It would be wonderful if you pushed yourself to use a tool with which you are unfamiliar. If you already know how to use Prezi, why not try Wix. However, if you are feeling the effects of your busy life, feel free to use what you already know.


You will be presenting using Collaborate. Sometimes your presentations will be to a few of your peers, but you may be asked to present online to a larger "audience". The majority of your presentations will be "how to" lessons (on an aspect of a Learning Management System to members of your learning team), and team organization/collaboration sessions. Participation in the presentations of others is mandatory.

Your teacher will provide a demo lesson (or lessons) so that you might see some of the capabilities of Collaborate and to help you with next steps in the course. This will occur on the First Saturday of the course.


You will be building a course unit or lesson in either Desire2Learn, Moodle, or Canvas (or in something else that you wish to try and to which you have access).

You will not need to come up with your own lessons, quizzes, assignments... they will be provided for you so that you might focus on the LMS rather than on building lessons. However, if you have something else in mind for a unit or lesson, or already have something you wish to try, well then that is wonderful. Just be careful to not take on too much, as this course is challenging enough as it is.

NOTE: All lessons and units provided, in addition to the icons in this course, are created by Avi Luxenburg, and are available for your use under the following Creative Commons License:

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Hopefully, your Blog/Learning Journal is robust enough to act as your ePortfolio. If your Blog can not contain material that is representative of your learning experience and productivity, then you will need to utilize a different piece of software or service. Please negotiate available services with your instructor.


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