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The next step is to decide the online resources and tools your students will need to complete their activities, and how to present them in a way that supports the approach to teaching and learning that you wish to take.
There is a great deal you can do to make your DSO site a welcoming, attractive and efficient teaching and learning space. Although the 'Content' view might just look like a list, you can direct students through the items and activities in that list in alternative ways. You can create a sense of the unit site being a dynamic, interactive, social space. You can also set things up to make the task of managing large groups of students easier. Here are some key principles:
Example: the PDCas unit uses an intuitive modular structure
If you are using the Desire2Learn Instructional Design Wizard, open your unit site and click on Edit site at the top right side of the screen (next to the help link). Click on Instructional Design Wizard in the Design menu. Click Resume at the bottom of the screen.
The step to decide on your activities is Step 2.2: Design content. The wizard asks you to select the type of learning experience or resource you will use for each activity. Wherever online resources or tools are needed, a placeholder is automatically created.
The next step is Step 3: Organize gradebook. The wizard steps you through the process of deciding grading systems for each of your assessments.
Finally, Step 4: Review course design provides a 'blueprint' of your course for you to check. When you click 'Create course blueprint', the Course Builder view will open. Click Start and you will see the placeholders that have been created for each of your assessments, activities and resources. You will now need to construct each of these items.
See the Guide to using the Desire2Learn Instructional Design Wizard for instructions.