Lecture 2.2 Course Organization
Each PDP Online Course will be similar in format as seen in PDP 101. Some components of the Online Courses are open to the public, while other components are password protected for registered students. The following components are included in most PDP Online Courses:
- Course Information Page: This page is open to the public, and has general information about each course offered by the Professional Development Program. On this page you will find the course title, course description, course goals, required texts with links for where to find and purchase these texts, instructor name, and a link to instructor profile. For example, refer to the PDP 101 Information page.
- Instructor Profile: Also open to the public, this page allows present and potential PDP students to better understand the approach of the instructor by finding out the instructor’s background, experience, and professional interests.
- Course Syllabus: This page, which is password protected (except for PDP 101), lists all the lectures and the topics within the lectures to allow easy accessing and placekeeping for students. Whenever a student logs into a particular PDP Internet Course or Online Seminar, he/she will begin at the course’s index page, for example, you can view the course syllabus for PDP 101. In addition, the Lecture Number is hyperlinked back to the syllabus so that you can navigate easily between each of the lecture pages and stay focused on where you are in the course. This can save valuable time if you know exactly where you are going within a lecture.
- Lecture pages: The lecture pages, which are password protected, contain the course content. The number of lectures varies up to the discretion of the instructor. Individual lectures may vary from one to several pages in length. Usually each lecture page represents a different lecture topic.
- Additional Readings/Websites of Interest: Additional readings and references of related websites, which are password protected, may be posted to augment the course readings and lecture material.