Building an Asynchronous Learning Experience: A Practiced Approach to Online Course Development

By Richard Michael Kesner.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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One of the predominant themes in higher education discussions these days concerns the role of online education in course and program delivery. With the involvement of Stanford, Harvard, MIT and other distinguished institutions in so-called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), an increasing number of academics and professional journals have turned their attention to how colleges and universities might leverage Web-based platforms, social networking tools, et al., to produce effective and less costly learning experiences. Clearly, online courses can provide a means of broad knowledge dissemination while achieving economies of scale. But how does one ensure the quality of the educational outcome? To that end, this article will focus on essential elements of online course construction, including: course design, content development and packaging, synchronous and asynchronous student/teacher and student/student interaction, and student assessment. In making these recommendations, I will draw upon eight years of online course delivery to undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional populations.

Keywords: Online Learning, Online Course Design, Online Course Delivery, Distance Learning, eLearning, Asynchronous Learning

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.13-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.128MB).

Dr. Richard Michael Kesner

Executive Professor of MIS, Supply Chain and Information Management Group, College of Business Administration, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA

Dr. Richard M. Kesner holds CLU and ChFC certifications from The American College, a M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, and an A.B. and M.B. from Oberlin College. He has also completed post-doctoral training in finance and strategic planning at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous articles and nine books, including his most recent book from Auerbach, The Hands-On Project Office: Guaranteeing ROI and on Time Delivery Office (2004). Richard’s current research focuses on knowledge, identity, and data management within the enterprise and across industries – focusing on educational programs and healthcare delivery - as well as on IT systems and services delivery. His most recent book project is an anthology for Common Ground Publishing entitled: The Online University: Building Viable Learning Experiences for Higher Education, due out in early 2014. Dr. Kesner serves Northeastern University as an Executive Professor in the Department of Information, Operations and Analysis within the College of Business Administration (CBA). He was named a Center for Practice Oriented Education (POE) Fellow, 2006-7. Prior to his Northeastern assignment, Richard served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of CELT Corporation, and has also served as a senior IT executive for Northeastern University, MetLife, Babson College, Multibank (now part of Bank of America), and the Faxon Company.

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