So you are going to be an online writing instructor: Issues in designing, developing, and delivering an online course

Wilhelmina Savenye

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Online education is increasing exponentially in colleges and universities. In this article, writing instructors are introduced to theories of instructional design that form the foundation to support effective student learning. We present a series of guidelines, derived from these theories and our research and teaching, that writing instructors may use to design, develop and deliver their online courses. We present considerations for instructors such as the need for the course, an analysis of the learners, appropriateness of the course for online delivery, pedagogical concerns, and resources. We then discuss how best to support students in online environments. We conclude with suggestions for faculty support and training for online course delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-385
Number of pages15
JournalComputers and Composition
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001



  • Distance learning
  • Electronic learning
  • Instructional design and development
  • Online course development
  • Online education
  • Student and faculty support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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