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Resources for Teaching Online

Working in new teaching environments on the Internet may have you wondering "what works best?" It's a great time to rethink your courses, search for instructional partners, and determine how to integrate available technologies and resources, matching them to your course content, learning objectives, and student needs.

The instructional design process we use in our planning and consulting with faculty can be summarized in five steps: (1) analyzing, (2) designing, (3) developing, (4) implementing, and, (5) evaluating. Instructional design has been defined as "an organized procedure that includes the steps of analyzing learner needs, designing content to fill the gap of knowledge, skills, or problem-solving abilities, developing modules and lesson plans, implementing the course using a variety of technologies and learning strategies, and evaluating course design and student performance during and after instruction. (Adapted from Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 31).

Seek advice for instructional design, program development, learning assessment, and program or course evaluation one-on-one, in small groups, or in department teams. Email Center for Teaching and Learning to begin.

Consult the resources below for support with course design, teaching strategies, and assessment.

Timeline of Important Dates for Online Instructors

Design, Development and Management

Distance Education Instructional Design
Web-based modules from Distance Education Instructional Design Project, Universities of Florida, Idaho State, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and UMSL. Topics: Learners, Teaching Methods, Technologies, Technology Development at Universities, Assessment and Evaluation, Program Management

Instructional Design for Technology-based Education
(Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Planning for Hybrid and Blended Courses
Overview of blended course development, including examples of design and teaching strategies. (Requires Windows Media Player). Video, 12 minutes

Online Teaching

Engaging Learners with Technology
(Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Instructional Strategies for Online Courses
Illinois Online Network

Teaching Tips
Indiana State University

Instructional Technology and Teaching Online
Indiana University Northwest

Online Collaboration
Teaching strategies for online collaborative team work. (Requires Windows Media Player). Video, 16 minutes

Evaluation of Online Teaching and Learning

Online Mid-semester Feedback
Enroll your UMSL courses each semester; valuable for early feedback and for being responsive to students (online or face to face)

Quality Online Course Initiative Rubric
Review the critical components of online course development using the rubric from Illinois Online Network. QOCI is being used for the pilot of an Online Peer Review system at UMSL

Flashlight Online
Online system for creating surveys available to UMSL faculty, staff, and graduate students. Contact CTL or Learning Resource Lab for information

Teaching, Learning and Technology Group
The TLT Group focuses on teaching and learning and strives to suggest appropriate and cost-effective use of information technology. An UMSL site license allows access to additional resources. Contact CTL or Learning Resource Lab for access information

Resources for Teaching Evaluation
University of North Dakota, Office of Instructional Development