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Introduction to Web-Based Course Development

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 137

       Course Name: Introduction to Web-Based Course Development

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: WWW 131 or basic knowledge of HTML.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces various developmental and implementation models for designing an online instructional course module as well as the tools necessary to maintain such courses. Content includes skills necessary for working with clients and subject matter experts; hands-on experience developing, executing, debugging, and assessing instructional course modules and their components.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
•    Analyze learning styles and develop instruction to meet learning needs
•    Create instructional goals and performance objectives
•    Collaborate with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to develop assessment instruments, instructional strategy, and an instructional module
•    Describe the site architecture and infrastructure of a system, including Database Servers, Web Servers, and Human Computer Interface tools (scripting, connectivity, security)
•    Develop an instructional delivery system prototype using the (Rapid Prototyping Model)
•    Create a finished project in a chosen technology as an individual or with a group
•    Describe usability testing and critiques
•    Develop an instructional system maintenance plan using a static or dynamic interface system

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

1.    History of computer based technology and learning
    a.    Multiple Intelligences
    b.    Instructional theory and development models
2.    Introduction to the goals and purposes for using instructional design technology
    a.    In the corporate arena
    b.    In an academic setting
3.    Strategies for understanding corporate and academic clients
    a.    What are SME’s
    b.    Strategies for successfully working with clients
4.    Introduction to web-based course development technology
    a.    Introduction to Course Management Systems, CBT and WBT
    b.    Overview of CMS databases (MySQL, Access, etc.) their purpose
    c.    Knowledge Management Techniques
5.    Introduction to Development Tools
    a.    Dreamweaver
    b.    Fireworks/Flash
    c.    Authorware
    d.    As well as other industry standard development tools of web-based course content
6.    Web-Based Course Documentation
    a.    Required elements of user-friendly documentation
    b.    Online help
    c.    American Disabilities Act Compliancy
        Making instructional content available to all users, whatever interface or user agent they are using
    d.    Versioning and version control in group development settings
    e.    Reporting Templates
7.    Implementation Tools
    a.    Microsoft PowerPoint
    b.    Web Based
    c.    CDROM/DVD
    d.    Course Management Systems
    e.    As well as other industry leading implementation tools for web-based course development
8.    Core Project
    a.    Working with an SME
    b.    Instructional Evaluation & Analysis
    c.    Prototype development & Implementation
    d.    Usability Testing
    e.    Project maintenance & update plan

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Program demonstrations, hands-on usage, textbook reading, applicable web sites, lecture, class discussions, group work, and guest speakers may be used.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

1.    Attend seminars as scheduled
2.    Read course materials - textbook and current resources
3.    Complete required assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests
4.    Attend and participate in lab as required

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Tests and Quizzes
Class Assignments
Lab Assignments
Attendance and Participation

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.