The instructional design resources below can assist you in planning your online and face-to-face courses. Using instructional design principles helps to increase the usability of your online materials so that students have a better chance of successfully learning the material. Information on how to make your content accessible and use the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to eliminate barriers to learning and engagement has been added to this page.
Instructional Design Resources
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Desire2Learn, or D2L, is an integrated learning platform designed to create a single place online for instructors and students to interact, either for a completely online, hybrid course or as a supplement to a face-to-face course. Visit D2L’s “Brightspace” blog site to learn more about topics such as Universal Design for Learning, or using Turnitin to grade essays. D2L also offers free webinars. The following pre-recorded webinars are available on D2L’s website: Virtual Classroom and Intelligent Agents. To minimize cheating on quizzes and exams, consider using the Lockdown browser in D2L. Click here to learn more about the feature.
Microsoft PowerPoint. To add a narrated lecture to your course, review the following information. Narrate
power point by adding audio to the individual slides. Narrate, save and download the file. Add the file to YouTube to have it captioned. To learn how to use PowerPoint, click here. To learn how to record audio narration to your presentation, click here. After you create and save your presentation, turn your presentation into a video. Click here to learn how to save your file as a video. To ensure your presentation is accessible to all learners, add the file to YouTube and have it captioned.
Click here to learn how to add captioning to your lecture.
Virtual Classroom tool in D2L. Click on the following links to access information on how to use the virtual classroom
tools in D2L to hold synchronous meetings (in real time). The virtual classroom tool
works best with Chrome browser. If you are using a Mac, use Chrome, not Safari, browser
for best results.
Google Meet. If you wish, use Google Meet to schedule a virtual meeting with students, click on the link to learn more about the tool, Google Hangouts Meet.
Are you interested in creating multimedia content? VoiceThread “VT” is a software program that enables you to create community in an online learning environment. Click here to learn more about the cloud-based software program. VT offers a free (limited) account and free workshops. One of the nice features of VT is that it is not reliant on Flash software. To learn more, click here. Add your file to YouTube and then have it captioned. Click here to learn how to add captioning to your power point lecture.
Are you interested in creating video for your instruction? Screencast-o-matic is a software program that enables you to create and share screen recordings. You can create a free account. How-to videos are available on the website. Click here to access the videos.
Evernote is a note taking app that can be accessed via a mobile device, PC or MAC. Download the app and record your voice to transfer the information to your course shell or documentation. Faculty can add the recorded notes to the feedback area of an assignment or grade items in the gradebook. Faculty can also add the recorded notes to an image to provide a long description of a complex image in a course module in D2L.
- Rubric for Asynchronous Contact Hours
- Verification of Student Identity in Distance Education
- Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (Universal
- Design for Distance Learning Programs)
- Taking IT Way Beyond Accessibility
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.
- WebAim – Web Accessibility in Mind
- Microsoft Word, Make your Word Documents Accessible
- Microsoft Word, Tutorials on how to Create Accessible Documents in Word
- Microsoft Power Point, Tutorials on how to Create Accessible Slides in PowerPoint
- Web Aim, Make your PowerPoint Presentations Accessible
- The National Center on Disability and Access to Education, Cheatsheets to Create Accessible Video Content
- YouTube, Add your own Subtitles and Closed Captions
- Access DL, Center on Accessible Distance Learning
Turnitin hosted a webinar on September 10th. Click on the following link to access
the video recording,
Instructional Design Assistance
For Faculty assistance or questions related to Instructional Design, contact: Antonia Koslow, Ph.D Manager of Online Learning at 708-709-2950 or email@example.com
D2L Workshops - Spring 2020
Spring 2020 - D2L Workshops
Getting Started with D2L
January 15 – 2:30–3:30 PM - Computer Lab 3190
January 21 - 2:30–3:30 PM - Computer Lab 3250
Description: This workshop orients you to the D2L course environment and highlights features that will help you work efficiently. We will explore how to post an announcement, upload or post course materials under Content, send emails to your students, make your course active and manage the course by reviewing student/class progress.
Getting Started with Assignments
January 23 – 2:30–3:30 PM - Computer Lab 3250
Description: In this workshop, you will learn about the Assignments and Turnitin plagiarism tool. We will explore how to create and add settings to an Assignment. We will also explore how to set up Turnitin on an Assignment.
Getting Started with Discussion Board
January 29 – 2:30-3:30 PM - Computer Lab 3210
Description: In this workshop, you will learn about the discussion forum and threads. We will explore how to create a discussion topic and add settings, use the Content Editor functions to format the text and include files, images, web links and multimedia.
Adding Multimedia Content
January 30 - 2:30-3:30 PM - Computer Lab 3190
February 10 - 2:30-3:30 PM - Computer Lab 3186
Description: This interactive workshop will provide you with information and practice on how to add multimedia content to different areas of your course.
Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
February 12– 2:30 -3:30 PM - Computer Lab 3186
February 18 – 2:30-3:30 PM - Computer Lab 3186
Description: This workshop orients you to ADA accessibility. We will explore how to make your course content accessible to all learners and incorporate UDL principles.
Getting Started with Gradebook
February 25 – 2:30–3:30 PM - Computer Lab 3186
March 25 – 2:30-3:30 PM - Computer Lab 3186
Description: This workshop orients you to the Gradebook and highlights features that will help you work efficiently. We will explore how to set up points or weighted grades and add/edit columns in the grade book. We will also explore how to set up the student view.
Getting Started with Assessment
February 27 – 2:30–3:30 PM - Computer Lab 3186
Description: In this workshop, you will learn about the Quiz tool. We will explore how to create a basic quiz. We will explore how to add settings to a quiz and grade a quiz. We will also explore how to set up the lock down browser on a quiz.
Using Evernote to give Students Feedback in D2L
March 24 – 2:30-3:30 PM - Computer Lab 3190
Evernote is an app designed for note taking and task management tasks. Consider using Evernote to give students feedback or add notes to your D2L content.
Creating/Integrating Video Content
March 18 – 2:30-3:30 PM - Computer Lab 3190
Description: Are you interested in creating videos and/or adding links to videos but don’t know where to begin? In this interactive session, we will create a video using Screen-Cast-O-Matic and use YouTube to add captioning to a video.