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Web-Based Courses. Web-Based Courses: An Overview BYTE Conference February 26, 2010 Howard Griffith Donald Girouard. Distance Learning Delivery Models. Face-to-face (f2f) teaching ITV or Web Conferencing  2-way video and audio Web-based Course Option Independent Study Option

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Web-Based Courses

Web-Based Courses: An Overview

BYTE Conference

February 26, 2010

Howard Griffith

Donald Girouard

distance learning delivery models
Distance Learning Delivery Models
  • Face-to-face (f2f) teaching
  • ITV or Web Conferencing 2-way video and audio
  • Web-based Course Option
  • Independent Study Option
  • Best models tend to use blended approaches





more student - student and student - teacher interaction less


Group share and talk

  • Who needs Web-Based Courses? Why?
  • How (where) might they be used to support student learning?
reasons for taking courses online
Reasons for taking courses online?
  • credits not available in small schools with low enrollments
    • important for rural and northern schools
  • student interest in alternative methods for earning credits
  • teacher availability, especially in specialized areas such as Mathematics, Science, and French
  • resolve timetabling issues
  • implementation of new curricula/courses
    • Grade 11 Physical Education Health Education
  • preparing students for lifelong learning
  • other reasons?
who takes advantage of wbcs
Who takes advantage of WBCs?
  • students use WBC to fill in some gaps
    • enrichment or remedial
    • technology skills
  • distance learners in small schools where sharing is available
  • teachers combine some elements of WBC in a f2f class
  • teachers use WBC as resource
  • 47 web-based courses
  • ~ 1400 course sections
  • ~ 4000 students for last year
  • ~ 1000 teachers
  • stats change everyday
wbc development and instructional design
WBC Development and Instructional Design
  • designed to be teacher-mediated
  • delivered asynchronously using a learning management system (LMS) called Blackboard (previously known as WebCT)
  • modular concept
  • self-contained
    • content, learning experiences, learning activities, assessments, communication, resources, etc., in the LMS.
  • congruence with Manitoba’s curricular outcomes
supporting student engagement in wbcs
Supporting Student Engagement in WBCs
  • Discussions and review of existing WBCs
  • Addition of new design concepts and tools:
    • more interactivity/inquiry
    • alternative solutions and explanations
    • more student helps
    • reflective journaling
    • teacher guided class discussions
    • more web resources
communication calendar
Communication: Calendar
  • public or private entries
assessment tests
Assessment: Tests
  • multiple choice
  • matching
  • short answer
  • paragraph
how to preview a wbc
How To Preview a WBC?

public access available

login as

demo (username)

demo (password)

The previews are limited versions of web-courses

what is the wbcrs
What is the WBCRS?
  • Web Based Course Request System
  • teachers can get full access to any WBC

support training for wbcs
Support & Training for WBCs
  • scheduled live workshops
  • scheduled webinars
  • webinar on demand, one-on-one support
  • Online Community
    • tutorials, tips & tricks
    • guides, documents, web links
    • sharing alternative links for dead sites
    • recorded webinars and other resources
  • email
  • phone call
what s on the horizon
What’s on the horizon?
  • New courses in development
  • New version of Blackboard
    • more teacher tools to support student learning.
      • Wimba collaboration tools
      • built-in tools for communication/collaboration
    • easier to navigate interface
more information
More Information
  • Web-Based Course Availability:
  • Web-Based Course Development:
    • Accessing a WBC as a teacher:
  • Other resources can be found at:
    • in Blackboard: WBC Teacher’s Online Community
  • Contact us: