Pacansky-Brock chap 4 might be a good place to start—talks about the importance of instructor presence and how to create it using multimedia
Opening assignment: think outside the box—what would be the ideal model for distance/online learning. From a student point of view, how do you think we learn best? What would the ideal digitally mediated classroom/learning experience look like?
We are moving from teachers to learning experience designers. We not only design and deliver the curriculum, we design the environment in which the learning happens.