Foundations of Online/Hybrid Course Development

Why do I have to take a workshop before I can teach an online course?

Grand Valley State University is committed to providing our students with quality online and hybrid courses. Designed to provide a starting point and to meet the requirements stated in the GVSU faculty handbook, we will orient you with resources and tools to begin your planning process with a foundation of quality standards. Offered throughout the year in a hybrid format, participation in all components of the series is required. By participating in the Foundations of Online/Hybrid Course Development and Delivery Workshop, faculty members will experience online learning from the student perspective, learn best practices for developing and facilitating online courses, and will start the development process for your own online course as part of the workshop activities.

About Foundations

In this series, we will discuss the basics for developing a course with the online or hybrid designation. Designed to provide a starting point and to meet the requirements stated in the faculty handbook, we will orient you with resources and tools to begin your planning process with a foundation of quality standards. Offered throughout the year in different formats, participation in all components of the series is required.

2015–2016 Sessions (currently scheduled)

Early Fall 2015

Session 1 Friday September 25, 12:30pm - 4pm(in seat; EC 513)
Session 2 (OPTIONAL) Friday October 2, 1pm - 4pm(in seat; EC 513)
Online Sept 25 - Oct 9
Session 3 Friday October 9, 1pm - 4pm(in seat; EC 513)

Late Fall 2015

Session 1 Friday October 30, 12:30pm - 4pm(in seat; KHS 4402)
Session 2 (OPTIONAL) Friday November 6, 1pm - 4pm(in seat; KHS 4402)
Online Oct 30 - Nov 13
Session 3 Friday November 13, 1pm - 4pm(in seat; KHS 4402)

Winter 2016

Session 1 Friday January 29, 12:30pm - 4pm(in seat; EC 513)
Session 2 (OPTIONAL) Friday February 5, 1pm - 4pm(in seat; EC 513)
Online Jan 29 - Feb 12
Session 3 Friday February 12, 1pm - 4pm(in seat; EC 513)

Spring 2016

Session 1 Friday May 13, 12:30pm - 4pm(in seat; EC 513)
Session 2 (OPTIONAL) Friday May 20, 1pm - 4pm(in seat; EC 513)
Online May 13 - May 27
Session 3 Friday May 27, 1pm - 4pm(in seat; EC 513)

Time Commitment

The amount of time it takes to finish the Foundations workshop will vary by individual.

  • Initial in seat meeting: 3 hours
  • Two weeks online: 3-8 hours. We've talked to our previous participants, and the amount of time this takes will vary based on your level of experience with Blackboard and the number of times you have taught the course that you are developing.
  • Final in seat meeting: 3 hours

The online portion of the Foundations workshop will feature a variety of optional materials for you to explore at your leisure or save for future reference. These materials are, in all instances, marked in a way that will let you know that they are optional. Choosing to explore these materials during the workshop may significantly increase the amount of time you spend on the material.

Prerequisites

As we will not engage in hands-on technology training during this workshop, participants are expected to have a basic competency with computer usage and Blackboard. Please use the following as a guide and alert the facilitator if you do not meet these competencies so we can plan accordingly.

Your competencies should include:

Basic computer skills Blackboard skills
  • Sending and receiving attachments via email
  • Downloading software and/or documents
  • Experience/familiarity with different file formats, especially Rich Text Format (.rtf), Microsoft Word Document (.doc or .docx), and Text document (.txt)
  • Familiarity with using plug-ins (e.g. PDF reader, flash)
  • Making your course available
  • Posting an announcement
  • Posting faculty/contact information
  • Creating, adding, and organizing content in folders
  • Adding, removing, or editing content item
  • Adding external links
  • Creating a discussion board forum
  • Emailing from Blackboard
  • Identifying or working with your library liaison

Want to Register?

Ready to sign-up? Registration for Foundations is handled through the University's Sprout website.

Foundations Schedule

Session 1: in-seat meeting

Faculty are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

  1. Overview
  2. Set the foundation for online/hybrid course design and delivery.
  3. Begin outlining a sample learning module and identifying learning outcomes.
  4. Review Quality Matter Standards.
  5. Hands-on work reviewing Blackboards learning module functions.

Session 2: online (two weeks)

Please expect to engage with online materials, the discussion board and the creation of content in a Blackboard learning module. This is an opportunity to "be a student" and gain some insight from that perspective.

  1. Review assessment strategies and address how engagement (student-to-student, student-to-content and student-to-instructor) will be included in the sample learning module.
  2. Identify and create engaging content to support learning outcomes through the design of a Blackboard learning module.
  3. Provide peer review feedback of a sample learning module using a shortened version of the QM rubric.

Session 3: in-seat meeting

Faculty are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

  1. Reflect on the experience of being an online learner.
  2. Showcase faculty learning modules and provide feedback in small groups.
  3. Explore resources and offer follow-up advice.

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