Course Development

How can I teach and develop quality and effective online courses based on best practices?

Visit the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Office of Educational Technology Website to register for a self-paced course designed to help faculty develop effective online courses. The course may be completed in 4 – 8 hours, excluding the time needed to complete the learning activities.

How can I develop my ability to understand how my students learn and the best ways to teach them?

Visit the Reflections on Teaching website to find a compilation of resources that you can use to document your teaching effectiveness or get ideas for new teaching strategies and methods.

Where can I find assistance to create accessible content?

The NCDAE (National Center on Disability and Access to Education) has developed one-page accessibility resources to assist anyone who is creating accessible content. Learn more.

The semester is about to begin, how do I create a Syllabus?

A syllabus template which can aid you in the creation of your syllabus, and meets the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for online documents is available here. The document would need to either be saved to your own Google drive or downloaded as a Word document to be edited.

When you put a syllabus or other course files in a cloud storage provider (e.g., GoogleDrive, OneDrive, iCloud) you can share them in Blackboard. The advantage of cloud storage for instructors is the ability to make a change to a file on the cloud and see that change reflected on Blackboard without having to transfer the file yourself every semester.

Additionally, instructors also have access to the syllabus builder to create a syllabus on Blackboard Learn.

I want to create an instructional video, but I don't know where to begin

Video is a great learning tool! To effectively integrate video into your course, you must first determine a specific learning outcome and create an activity that uses the video in support of that objective. A User Guide to get started with creating instructional video and publishing to your course is available here.

Are there any tools that can help me evaluate the design of my online or blended courses?

Blackboard offers an Exemplary Course Program Rubric which contains a set of criteria and descriptions to obtain valuable insights in your course evaluation processes. Additionally, the Quality Matters program provides instructors and course developers with Higher Ed Rubric Standards intended to guide you through the development, evaluation, and improvement of your online and blended courses. Learn more.

Where can I find resources to bring 3D printing to my classroom?

PrintLab and Create Education, provide creative lessons to help instructors integrate 3D printing into their course curriculum.

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