Getting Started

Getting started? Make an Appointment with the Faculty Center Staff!

Faculty often question how an online course can preserve the personality and rigor of a traditional course. Our instructional design staff can show you how to make your online course meet all the academic standards you strive for in your face-to-face classroom. Here's what to expect from a meeting with our staff:

  1. We’ll discuss your content and objectives for using technology-enabled teaching and learning. We’ll ask you to describe how you currently teach the class, discuss your student learning outcomes, and determine which technologies you're most comfortable with. Please send your syllabus in advance, so we're prepared to offer you constructive advice and guidance about transforming your course to an online setting. 
  2. We'll help you determine whether your course can best be translated into the online or hybrid medium and we'll develop a timeline for moving you toward your goal.  
  3. Why reinvent the wheel? We will help you locate re-usable materials (called "learning objects") in your discipline that you can use in your online course.  
  4. Depending on your knowledge and comfort with distance learning technologies, you can meet with our technology support experts who provide training on how to use Blackboard, VoiceThread, Adobe Connect, SB Capture, and more.  
  5. We will introduce you to any grant opportunities available through our office.
  6. Teaching in a new medium and delivery mode is a process, so we'll also discuss the assessment and revision process that will follow your initial build-out of the course. Just as in your face-to-face classes, there is a learning curve for developing, refining and tweaking a high-quality online/blended or technology-mediated course. 

 The following document provides a list of items one can use when converting face-to-face classroom activities into online environments:

Faculty Technology for Online and Open Learning (T.O.O.Ls.) An Instructional Methods and Tools Matrix 

Not sure how to label your course delivery model? Check out the Online LEarning Consortium's updated list of course delivery definitions:

Definitions of E-Learning Courses and Programs