Resources

Course Design

Download these documents* in the order they are listed for planning and designing your online course:

  1. Syllabus Template: Use this partially completed template to create a syllabus for your course
  2. Storyboard Template Use this form to plan and organize the content, activities, assignments, and assessments for each unit of your course
  3. Pre-Course Email Use this template, in combination with Blackboard Tips for Students, to email instructions to students about preparing to take an online course and accessing a course via Blackboard.
  4. Blackboard Tips for Students: This document, in combination with the Pre-Course Email‌, provides students with instructions on how to access and navigate Blackboard.
  5. Storyboard Additional Information: This document provides a brief overview of using storyboards for course planning including the reseasons for using a storyboard, an example storyboard, how to use Bloom's taxonomy, assessments vs. activities, and when to use discussions.

(*Word 2010 format)

Additional course design resources:

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Course design

A guide for planning or revising a course.

Cornell University

Course Design This guide utilizes worksheets and action questions to help instructors design courses for improved learning. The course design process is divided into three major phases and 12 steps. Loyola Marymount University
Course design Seven steps to course design briefly outline the basics of course design that emphasizes the connection between defined learning outcomes and well-designed activities. University of South Carolina
Course and syllabus design

Tips for developing a syllabus and a course.

University of Illinois
Course and syllabus design This page provides information on course design and syllabus development University of Washington
Syllabus design This page offers a thorough review of the purpose and composition of a syllubus. Links to sample syllabi also are included. Carnegie Mellon

Steps to a Good Syllabus

A step-by-step guide to developing an effective syllabus.

University of South Carolina

Developing learning outcomes

This page will help you to articulate student-centered learning outcomes that describe skills, abilities, knowledge, or values that students should be able to demonstrate by taking a course.

University of South Carolina

Writing Instructional Objectives

The purpose of this document is to assist educators in writing objectives using a standard protocol.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Writing objectives using Bloom's taxonomy This document provides verbs for writing objectives based on six levels of cognition. In addition, it provides example of objectives and associated activities. University of North Carolina
Quality Matters Rubric

The Quality Matters Rubric is a set of eight general standards and 41 specific standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. 

Valdosta State University

Copyright

These linked resources can help you understand the complex topic of copyright law. Blackboard.com

 

Engaging Students

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Engaging students These pages allow faculty to explore ideas on ways to engage students in their classes. Cornell University
Engaging students with active learning Guideline for using collaborative learning to make learning a deeper, more engaging, meaningful, active, and effective process. Many useful links to related engagement information is included. University of Delaware
Engaging students with active learning Outlines five ways to encourage student engagement through active learning strategies. Review the linked National Survey of Student Engagement to learn more about the benefits of student engagement. University of Alaska Fairbanks
Active-Learning Ideas for Large Classes: Simple to Complex Guidelines for incorporating active-learning activities into a large class. Faculty Focus / Magna
Writing good discussion questions Recommendations and tips for writing good discussion questions, including examples. University of Wisconsin
CREST+ Model: Writing Effective Online Discussion Questions This article describes a model for writing effective online discussion questions, covers the cognitive nature of the question, the reading basis, any experiential possibility, style and type of question, and ways to structure a good question. MERLOT
Group Learning This paper reviews the literature to present
the seven most commonly reported problems of online group learning, as identified by researchers and practitioners, and offers practical solutions to each.
University of Washington

Teaching Strategies

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Teaching strategies Different pedagogical methods are useful for a wide variety of teaching contexts. This list offers a starting point to identify effective teaching strategies you can use in the classroom or online.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Teaching strategies These pages provide ideas about how to use a variety of teaching strategies, including active learning, reading comprehension, lecturing, discussion, online teaching, service-learning, and writing to learn. Duquesne University
Using brain-based research to improve teaching This document translates the findings of recent brain research into six broad categories of recommendations that can be used to strengthen teaching and learning. Jensen, Eric. Teaching with the Brain in Mind. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 1998.
Solve a Teaching Problem This site provides practical strategies to address teaching problems across the disciplines. These strategies are firmly grounded in educational research and learning principles. Carnegie Mellon

Teaching with Technology

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Using Blackboard A curated set of links to video and written instructions for using common features to develop courses in Blackboard.  Multiple
Blackboard help topics and resources UMB IT support page featuring Blackboard help topics and related resources. University of Maryland, Baltimore
Teaching with technology Provides helpful tips for using a variety of instructional technology tools and related practices to improve student learning. Cornell University
Online teaching and learning resources The Online Teaching and Learning Resource Guide helps you rethink your traditional teaching practices so that your students’ online experience is a success. Virginia Commonwealth University
Ensuring success for online students Tips for students to help them succeed in online learning. Duquense University
10 Principles of Effective Online Teaching: Best Practices in Distance education This page briefly summarizes a report on distance learning best practices. You can download the full report for free from this site. Faculty Focus, MAGNA

Best practices for teaching online

Ten best practices for anyone getting started in the online environment. These practices will contribute to an effective, efficient, and satisfying teaching and learning experience for faculty and students. Designing for Learning
Building community with technology

Building community among students and between students and instructors is essential to developing trust and a good working relationship. These seven steps may help you embrace new ideas for developing such a community in your classroom.

University of South Carolina

Assessment and Evaluation

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Designing rubrics Tips for creating rubrics by incorporating common features, with an emphasis on rubrics for task-based assignments. University of Minnesota
Assessing student learning and performance Suggestions and strategies for assessing student learning and performance as well as ways to clarify your expectations and performance criteria to students. Carnegie Mellon
Assessing writing assignments Best practices for assigning and grading writing samples including designing effective writing assignments, using short writing assignments, responding to student writing, and encouraging academic integrity. University at Albany SUNY
Interpreting student course evaluations This page provides tips for making sense of student evaluation feedback and links to a number of resources on interpreting student evaluations. Vanderbilt University
Strategies to Minimize Cheating Online While there are no magic answers to ensure that students are doing their own work, this page describes strategies an instructor can use to accurately assess student performance online and minimize a student’s temptation to cheat. University of Illinois
Tips to Reduce the Impact of Cheating in Online Assessment This page includes practical tips to prevent or reduce cheating for online testing and course assignments. Northern Illinois University

Open Educational Resources

There are many places to find open textbooks that have already been developed. See a list developed by BCcampus here.