A course narrative provides students with structure and clear welcoming instructions and information, as “without a clear understanding of how, and why, different teaching and learning activities are connected, the student experience can feel like ‘just one thing after another (G. Holden, Invisible Grail)”.
For many of our students this is a new experience to study fully online, it is easy to get lost in an online course without clear instructions. Lisa Newman, School of Science, explains how she uses a narrative to create a cohesive student experience as she takes you on a tour of her Canvas course site. She explains how, why and the benefits of using sign posting to build a consistent weekly narrative for her students.
- Pivoting to Online Learning & Teaching – Self- Paced Module: Structuring your course
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Smits, A., & Voogt, J. (2016). Elements of satisfactory online asynchronous teacher behaviour in higher education. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.2929