Course Design

Examine all the elements that help create a course.

Tips and Tricks for Creating Accessible Video Lectures

Recording lecture videos can be a powerful way to share your knowledge and establish a rapport with your students. Unfortunately, these videos can pose challenges to students with certain disabilities if specific design considerations are not met.

Fortunately, by following a few simple techniques and strategies, you can create videos that will be accessible to the vast majority of your students. Continue reading

Best Practices for Large-Enrollment Online Courses, Part 2: Managing groups, peer review, and other peer-to-peer interactions

Part 2: Managing groups, peer review, and other peer-to-peer interactions

Whenever student enrollment capacity dramatically increases for an instructor, there are a number of common questions and concerns: How will instructors manage increased grading load?  How can instructors facilitate a discussion among 100+ students? How will students receive meaningful feedback? Continue reading

Best Practices for Teaching Online

One of the most common questions an Instructional Designer is faced with is, “How can I enhance the student experience in my online course?” Often times, instructors wish to replicate the activities they do in face-to-face courses in the online environment but are not sure where to begin. One recommendation is to consult an instructional designer. We also strongly encourage instructors to participate in the Master Class for Teaching Online, an online workshop designed to facilitate peer sharing of strategies for teaching online. The workshop is facilitated by a team of instructional designers and touches on several best practices. The graphic presented here lists seven best practices for teaching online. Incorporating these best practices will help ensure that you and your students stay engaged and have a positive experience. Continue reading

Yellowdig: A Social Learning Platform

What is Yellowdig?

Yellowdig is a social learning platform designed for higher education that integrates with any LMS. Many instructors use it instead of LMS discussion forums. 

The best part is that it’s auto-graded and auto-populates grades to your gradebook in any LMS! Students achieve points through word count and participating with common social media behavior, like “liking” or “loving” a post or posting a comment on another person’s Pin. Continue reading

Instructional Design Models and Theories: Schema Theory

The schema theory was one of the leading cognitivist learning theories and was introduced by Bartlett in 1932 and further developed in the ’70s by Richard Anderson. Bartlett advanced this concept to provide a basis for a temporal alternative to traditional spatial storage theories of memory, since schema theory describes the way knowledge is acquired, processed and cerebrally organized.

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Instructional Design Models and Theories: Instructional Design Theories for Your Next Course

One of the most difficult questions for a course developer to answer is which instructional design theory or theories is best suited to the course being developed. To answer this question, it is important to be aware of the various instructional design theories available, how they might be implemented, and how they can be utilized to meet core course objectives. In this UTO Training session on Instructional Design theory and application, we will discuss seven instructional design theories that you could use to develop your next course. Continue reading