• Course Environment, Expectations, and Management

    A key step to student success in online course is creating a welcoming, consistent environment in which students feel comfortable and can focus on the course content. Overview:     •    Set clear, concise expectations for behavior and participation    •    Minimize the number of platforms students need to access    •    Provide weekly lists of readings, assignments, and other activities before each week begins    •    Provide contact and support information for students Situating Students Create a welcome video for your students to encourage a sense of connection Organize your course to minimize the number of places students need to look for information and submit their work. (E.g., don’t email some announcements, post others to Moodle,…

  • Designing an Accessible Online Course

    This module discusses the importance of accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and provides tips and resources for making your course accessible to all students. Why is accessibility important? Good course design builds in accessibility from the beginning. Course materials and tools are accessible if they can be used as effectively by people with disabilities as by those without (Jim Thacher). Accessibility falls under the rubric of Universal Design for Learning. UDL aims to change the design of the environment rather than to change the learner. “Universal design for learning (UDL) is curriculum that emphasizes the need for flexibility and encourages faculty to consider a framework for designing courses that provide…

  • Creating Media

    Using media in a class is an effective complement to other forms of presentation. Audio podcasts, infographics, and digital timelines are all examples. These can create memorable teaching resources, to which students can return for reference. Media can be much more engaging and add some fun to a traditional class. Students with different learning styles benefit from various points of entry into class concepts.  These same tools can inspire interactive assignments.  Students can exercise their creativity by thinking critically with various forms of media to reimagine and process key concepts.  Narrated Powerpoint PowerPoint includes features that will allow you to build a lecture based on a slide deck, along with an audio recording. Viewers can then view your slides, with your…

  • Labs, the Arts, and Specialized Software

    Teaching with discipline-specific or specialized software, along with recreating the rich experience of in-person science labs and the interaction of studio and performing arts, are some of the most challenging aspects of online education. In this section, we provide resources curated from professional societies and other educators that offer innovative ways to reimagine the in-person student experience. Science Labs and Specialized Software Virtual Science Labs List of Simulations and Virtual Labs – Crowd-sourced list of simulations and virtual labs in: Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Cell Biology/Genetics, Chemistry, Civics, Comparative Neuroanatomy, Environmental Science, Geology, Math, Physics, Physiology, Engineering, Epidemiology, etc. Wright, L. Kate, et al. Web-Based Interactive Video Vignettes Create a Personalized Active Learning Classroom…

  • Using Online Resources

    The open web and Trinity’s library subscriptions are abundant with rich content that can be brought into a learning context. The appropriateness of the content to the course and how you use it can either enrich your students’ experience or detract from it. This module will address how to navigate and select from the plethora of existing online resources, and how best to make your selections available to your students. Important considerations when choosing digital content, such as accessibility, availability, legality, and technology. Introduction Online content has many dimensions beyond the topics it covers. A few of these include: copyright status free vs. subscription or fee-based viewable by anyone, but…