I. Course Design Principles > D. Interactivity

I.D. 4 Course activities should be designed to encourage students to explore external resources, especially for upper-level courses.

Values Supported



Students should develop their skills for finding, evaluating and critiquing resources outside of the course. These skills should include searching with appropriate tools, engaging in discussions with experts and experienced individuals outside the university (both nationally and internationally), and to think critically about sources and methods. Skillful use of external resources leads to greater facility with understanding differing points of view, detecting and analyzing source bias.

Exploring external resources supports Co-presence, because students often encounter people like themselves in other online activities, or may perhaps encounter people who are further along in their careers, or who have substantively different ways of understanding the world. Exploring external resources supports the appropriate use of Technology, because it makes greater use of online resources.


  • Global Virtual Faculty
  • Web sites for professional organizations and associations
  • Membership in online communities
  • Joining online conversations on discipline-specific blogs or other platforms, interacting with other students and faculty


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