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Online Instructor Guide
The Learning and Applied Innovation Center (LAIC) creates, promotes, and supports effective and accessible online education at North Dakota State University.
- encourage faculty-to-student interaction
- encourage student-to-student interaction
- promote active learning
- communicate high expectations
- facilitate time on task
- provide rich, rapid feedback
- respect diverse learning
- What do I want my students to be able to think and do by the end of the course?
- How will my students be different by the end of the course?
- What are the course Goals (aligned with program goals)?
- What are the unit Objectives (aligned with course goals)?
Goals & Objectives
Bloom’s Taxonomy, which is organized into six categories, lists a variety of verbs to represent the action expected of thinking and doing. Bloom’s Taxonomy can be used to develop goals and objectives for the course. Goals are broad, generalized statements about what if to be learned in the course. Objectives, designed to be included in weekly units, should be more specific. Include, only, one action verb in each objective. Objectives are S.M.A.R.T.:
After creating course goals and unit objectives the next step in designing your course is to think about and plan what evidence will the students provide to show they have achieved the final goals for the course and the progressive unit objectives. Once you identify these different types of evidence, it is time to start planning the communication, activities, assignments, and course content that will be aligned to meet unit objectives and final course goals.
The following Course Design Worksheet is a word document that can be used to develop your course before adding it to the Learning Management System (Blackboard). The worksheet is used as a storyboard, outlining the flow of your course.
Course Design Worksheet
The worksheet is immensely helpful for starting to think about the flow and organization of your content and how this aligns with your learning objectives, outcomes, and assessment. Download the Course Design Worksheet to begin designing your course. Download the Course Design Worksheet to begin designing your coursedoc.
NDSU Exemplar Course Design Rubric
Online Course Checklist
Simple Course Design - Blackboard Course Layout
- Lesson overview – text and/or video
- Learning objectives/outcomes
- Task list/to-do list
- Course materials – readings, videos, web links
- Assignments, activities, and assessments
Blackboard Course Screenshot:
More information is available at the NDSU Office of Teaching & Learning Course Design
Teaching in an online environment changes the way we interact with students, design assignments, work in groups, collaborate on projects, assess learning, and provide feedback. Below is a listing of instructional strategies and tips to help teaching and facilitating online.
- Accessibility Tips for Teaching
- Active and Collaborative Learning
- Assessment Strategies
- Assignment Tips
- Blackboard Ally
- Collaboration – groups, projects, presentations
- Communication – discussion, blog, announcements
- Designing and Using Group Work in Courses
- Facilitating an Online Course – coming soon!
- Motivation & Engagement – coming soon!
- Remote Teaching Tips
- Universal Design for Learning
- Web Conferencing During Class Best Practices
More information is available at the NDSU Office of Teaching & Learning Teaching Tips
Technology can be a great tool to facilitate student engagement and promote student success. It offers the opportunity for instructors to become more collaborative, promote interactions, improve access to instructional materials, and extend learning beyond course time.
While technology alone does not improve online teaching, it can be a powerful tool in promoting the online learning experience if effectively implemented. The Online Teaching Technology Hub provides technology tools that can help instructors seek instructional technology solutions for their online courses.