Support for Instructional Design

The Dept. of Online Learning helps faculty and academic programs design and revise online courses. Courses designed and revised with the help of Online Learning will promote best practices in instructional design. Courses will also adhere to the course design standards described in the Faculty Handbook for Online Education.

Online Learning can help in the following ways:

  • Provide D2L training and troubleshooting support to instructors developing their own online courses.
  • Connect instructors with scholarship about instructional design and best practices in online instruction.
  • Explain PSC course design standards and provide strategies for meeting them.
  • Convert instructional material and assignments from a face-to-face format into an online format.
  • Identify opportunities for revising course design featues in an existing online course.

Examples of instructional design services Online Learning can provide include:

  • Copy course content from a previous course or semester.
  • Create modules and organize files into modules.
  • Convert instructional materials (such as lecture notes) into content pages.
  • Embed videos, images, files, and links into content pages.
  • Create closed captionining and transcripts for videos.
  • Convert paper-based assignments and exams into electronic assignments and exams on D2L.
  • Add requirements for Respondus and Turnitin to new and existing assessments.
  • Create exam review sessions.
  • Setup dicussion forums and topics.
  • Add or adjust due dates, access dates, and special access for assessments.
  • Add course packs and external learning tools (such as Pearson or McGraw-Hill) to your D2L course.
  • Setup the D2L Gradebook (categories and items).
  • Connect assessments to the gradebook.

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Instructional Materials 

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Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning

To eliminate the barriers to accessibility and engagement, make the course materials accessible and consider implementing the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Below are resources to address accessibility and UDL.