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The Online Teaching Survival Guide, 2nd Edition by Rita-Marie Conrad, Judith V. Boettcher

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Chapter 5Four Phases of a Course: Themes and Happenings

AS INTRODUCED IN Chapter One, every course—or planned sequence of learning experiences—has a natural ebb and flow. This flow generally has four phases: beginnings, early middle, late middle, and wrapping up. Each phase has specific goals and tasks for the learner and for the instructor. Each phase has recommended teaching and learning behaviors that can help to achieve those goals.

This chapter describes the themes and happenings of the four phases. For each phase we first describe the guiding themes, followed by its key happenings and goals and the recommended behaviors for achieving the goals. A table summarizes the learner experiences, key goals, supporting principles, best practices, ...

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