The pre-design Online Basics series, presented by the Faculty Resource Center, introduces the tools and functions most often used when teaching in online course. Attendance is REQUIRED at both sessions below.

Fall 2013 Meeting Dates/Times

Pre-Design Meeting 1 with the Faculty Resource Center (FRC) - You will learn how to:

Find visuals/pictures online
Email w/attachments 
Organize your course into folders on your computer
Make a PDF
Download and install different web browsers
Install and update browser plugins (media players, java, pdf, flash, silverlight)
Reach out for support/assistance

Pre-Design Meeting 2 with the Faculty Resource Center (FRC) - You will learn about:

Using Panopto to capture/record your screen
Creating VoiceThreads for interactive online discussions
Recording lectures with Kaltura
Using the Discussion Board tool for asynchronous topic conversation
Setting up Group projects in your online course
Making Assignments and linking them to GradeCenter
Structuring folders in MyGateway
Using the CampusPack tools for Wikis, Blogs, and Journals

Series Overview

Complete Pre-Design Meetings (above) with the Faculty Resource Center before starting Online in 9.

Week 1 - Learn

Hear from a past Online in 9 participant
Discuss course outline
How to help students get started
Writing your syllabus for online and other first steps
Learn about online technology tools at UMSL


1. Watch Peggy’s “what’s in your syllabus” video
2. Start updating the syllabus with the template: sections on course description, policies, expectations, etc (everything but the course outline, rubrics)

Week 2 - Build

How to Create an Icebreaker
Make an introductions discussion boards
Making a Start here folder
Writing a welcome message and recording a video welcome w/Kaltura

1. Finish first draft of syllabus with course outline, proposed activities, etc.

Week 3 - Learn

Writing a Student-Centered Syllabus that leads to student-centered online courses 
Creating Course outlines, goals, learning objectives (content and process objectives)
Making of an assessment: showcase tools and creative assessments

1. Build Module 2

Week 4 - Build

Showcase your module 2
Build module 3 (in session)

1. Update syllabus (if needed)
2. Complete and refine Module (if applicable)
3. Build module 4

Week 5 - Learn

Showcase Modules 3 and 4
Learn about online exams
Discuss GradeCenter and Rubrics 

1. Update syllabus (if needed)
2. Build module 5

Week 6 - Build

Showcase Module 5
Build Module 6 together

1. Build module 7
2. Update syllabus

Week 7 - Meeting

Meet individually with an instructional designer

1. Build Module 8

Week 8 - Learn

Showcase modules 7 or 8
Discuss rhythm of course
Proofread instructions
Go back to Start here and see if you need to prepare students for future activities
Synthesize course points/grading
Organize columns in GradeCenter
Tell students where to find grades

1. Complete above tasks (if needed)

Week 9 - Review Process

Peer-review before the meeting
As doing peer review, they will present one great thing they admire about the course they reviewed. And why.
Final steps: final revisions, update course based on peer feedback

Complete Google form to indicate your course is ready for feedback (when complete)