Center for Online Teaching and Learning
Welcome to the Online Education web page. Faculty are encouraged to read the new Faculty Handbook for Online Education and consult the other resources linked to this page. In addition, when you are logged into Desire2Learn, D2L, take advantage of the resources included in the D2L Faculty Resource Center (accessed under "Select a course" on My Home page).
There is a new look for D2L called the "Daylight Experience." Daylight was built with a responsive design to adapt to different screen sizes for consistency and usability on mobile devices. The following D2L workshops are scheduled in the Fall. I am available to meet with you one-on-one for consultation on web-enhanced, hybrid and/or online course design. Turnitin will hold a webinar on Monday, September 10, 2018, from 2:30-3:30 PM. The webinar will take place in the Proven IT Conference Room, Room 1318/1320. If you are interested in attending the webinar by Turnitin and/or the Desire2Learn workshops, please RSVP. The D2L workshop is limited to 10 people so be sure to register as soon as possible to secure your seat. If you have any questions about the workshops, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
I hope you can attend the D2L workshops and/or webinar.
Antonia (Toni) Koslow, PhD.
Manager of Online Learning/D2L Systems Admin.
Prairie State College
Getting Started with D2L
August 27, 2018 – 2:30-3:30 PM
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. We will also explore best practices in using the Desire2Learn learning management system.
September 11, 2018 – 2:30 -3:30 PM
Description: In this workshop, you will learn about the discussion forum and threads. We will explore how to create a discussion topic, use the Content Editor functions to format the text and include files, images, weblinks and multimedia. We will also explore how to add settings and participate in discussions. We will also explore how to view student threads and grade discussions.
September 17, 2018 – 2:30 – 3:30 PM
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 explore how to use and attach the Rubrics tool to an Assignment. We will also explore how to set up Turnitin on an Assignment. We will explore how to view submissions and grade Assignments.
September 19, 2018 – 2:30 – 3:30 PM
October 9, 2018 – 2:30 – 3:30 PM
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 the quiz and grade a quiz. We will also explore how to create a random quiz. To support the integrity of a quiz, you might consider randomizing the test questions. We will also explore how to set up the lock down browser on a quiz.
October 1, 2018 – 2:30 – 3:30 PM
October 15, 2018 – 2:30 – 3:30 PM
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, enter grades and recalculate grades. We will also explore best practices in using the gradebook.
Prairie State College Vision Statement for Online Education
Prairie State College is dedicated to providing access to quality education and support services that empower students to achieve their education and career goals.
We offer online courses and programs as a means to facilitate and expand student access to our faculty and curriculum, in recognition of the increasing need and demand from current and prospective students for enhanced flexibility in course offerings.
Prairie State College faculty who teach online are entrusted to maintain high-academic standards for their courses, follow best practices for teaching online, and ensure a rigorous and rewarding learning experience for our online students.
The College administration is entrusted with the responsibility of providing high-quality professional development for online faculty, effective support services for online students, and support for faculty in their assessment of student learning outcomes within online courses and programs.
Whether curriculum is provided via traditional face-to-face classes or online, Prairie State College embraces its core values of learning, excellence, accessibility, respect and integrity in our collective commitment to student success.
(Endorsed in Fall 2015 by Instructional Technology Committee and PSC Cabinet.)
I am looking forward to working with you. Welcome back! Review the information and
resources below on online teaching and learning. I am available to meet with you one-on-one
for consultation. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Core Principles for Online Education at PSC
- Online Teaching and Learning Best Practices: Discussions in Hybrid and Online Courses
- Online Teaching and Learning Best Practices: Student Collaboration in Group Work
- Online Teaching and Learning: Universal Design for Learning
- Rubric for Asynchronous Contact Hours
- Verification of Student Identity in Distance Education
- The Journal of Educators Online
- Merlot Journal of Online Teaching and Learning
- The Journal of Interactive Online Learning
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 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.
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.
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.
To minimize cheating on quizzes and exams, consider using the Lockdown browser in D2L. Click here to learn more about the feature.
Antonia (Toni) Koslow, PhD.
Manager Online Learning