design for online?

I have been teaching on a moodle course recently. Moodle is a technology to support class room and online learning. Many people were asking how to get started making online courses. One of the main thoughts they had was to transfer the content from their classroom course to the online environment.

This felt easier and cheaper to do while they explored what learning in an online environment might be like. I understand the pragmatic path that this represents. Many of them do no have allies within their organizations to help advocate for new ways of learning.

But there is something about starting from the beginning and designing for the online environment from the beginning that seems very important. Otherwise we might end up with a bunch of recorded lectures.

Yes take the course aims – the point behind the course, but then design for online.