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.

2014-2015 Sessions (currently scheduled)

Fall 2014

Session 1 Friday Sept 26, 1pm - 4pm(in seat; EC 513)
Session 2 Sept 26 - Oct 10(online)
Session 3 Friday Oct 10, 1pm - 4pm(in seat; EC 513)

Winter 2015

Session 1 Friday Jan 30, 1pm - 4pm(in seat; TBA)
Session 2 Jan 30 - Feb 13(online)
Session 3 Friday Feb 13, 1pm - 4pm(in seat; TBA)

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: 2-5 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

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 Seminar website.

Foundations Schedule

Session 1: in-seat meeting

  1. Overview
  2. Set the foundation for online/hybrid course design and delivery
  3. Use established quality standards in the process for conceptualizing a full course

Session 2: online (two weeks)

Please expect to engage with online materials and the discussion board. This is an opportunity to "be a student" and gain some insight from that perspective.

  1. Necessary additions to a syllabus for an online/hybrid course
  2. Assessment strategies and alternative assessments
  3. Individualized Units of Content
  4. Introduction to Accessibility

Session 3: in-seat meeting

This session will include hands-on computer access in a lab.

  1. Outline and begin to develop Content unit
  2. Additional Practical Examples
  3. Resources and follow-up advice
  4. Optional extended time for light hands-on assistance

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