The Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology published an excellent article at the end of last year titled “An absolutely riveting online course: Nine principles for excellence in web-based teaching.” My short time as an instructional designer has taught me that all of these principles are true. Also of interest is how this article includes many research citations that support connectivism, social networking, and active learning.
I think I like the second paragraph of the conclusion better as a summary than the abstract:
It is not sufficient to be a content expert. Nor is it sufficient to be “tech-savvy”. It is not even sufficient to be an excellent traditional classroom teacher. Because the online world is a categorically different environment a particular blend of skills and knowledge is necessary if success is to be found in this domain.
This article a great way to introduce research-based facts for training on how to have a better online class. I would show this article to anyone involved in the process, not just the instructional designer.