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Online in 9

Pre-Design Series

The Online in 9 Pre-Design Series, presented by the Faculty Resource Center, introduces the tools and functions most often used when teaching an online course. Attendance is at the Pre-Design Series is REQUIRED unless you have proficiency at all of the processes below.

Next Series Meeting Dates/Times

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

Week 1 - Learn: Teaching in the Online Environment

Hear from a past Online in 9 participant
Discuss course outlines and structure
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. Download the online syllabus template from the Syllabus button in your course's DEV shell. Start updating the syllabus with the template: sections on course description, policies, expectations, etc (everything but the course outline, rubrics)
3. Get the course description for your syllabus from the UMSL bulletin link (below). Paste it into the syllabus template.
4. Divide your course into 8 topic areas. Create the folders for those areas.

Week 2 - Build: First Impressions

Create an icebreaker
Make an introduction discussion board
Develop a Start Here folder
Write a welcome message or record a welcome video with Kaltura


1. Continue developing Start Here folder.
2. Finish first draft of syllabus started in Week 1.
3. Edit the Faculty Information button of your course's DEV shell with your information.

Week 3 - Learn: Course Structure and Learning Design

Planning course modules
Creating course outlines, goals, learning objectives (content and process objectives)
Making of an assessment: showcase tools and creative assessments


1. Build Module 1 and 2

Week 4 - Build: More Modules

Showcase Modules 1 and 2 (homework from Week 3)
Pick a lecture recording tool
Build module 3 


1. Update syllabus (if needed).
2. Check-in with Dylan, Keeta, or Michael.
3. Finish Module 3 (if applicable) and build Module 4.

Week 5 - Learn: Assignments, Exams, and Rubrics

Showcase Modules 3 and 4 (from Week 4).
Discuss online exams
Practice with GradeCenter and the Rubrics tool


1. Build Module 5 in your DEV shell.
2. Choose an assessment method.

Week 6 - Build: Groups and Collaborative Assignments

Discussion of Group Project strategies for online courses
Practice with group tools
Showcase of successful group projects from other online courses


1. Build Module 7.
2. Add group/peer project (if applicable)

Week 7 - Catch-up Session

The entire session will be devoted to working in your DEV shell.


1. Build Module 8

Week 8 - Build: Feedback and Grade Center

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
Communicate to students where to find grades and your feedback


1. Update syllabus (if needed).
2. Organize Grade Center for your course. You can request a Test Student be added to your course by contacting the FRC or CTL.
3. Complete any of the above tasks from in-session (if not completed).

Week 9 - Learn: Review and Reflect

Peer-review before the meeting; consider one thing that you admire about the peer's course you admire.
Final steps: final revisions, update course based on peer feedback


1. Make changes to course based on self-review using course review form.
2. Make changes to course based on peer feedback (at your discretion).

Week 10 - Learn: Final Steps

Review final steps before course goes live.
Show off your course.


1. Complete Google form to indicate your course is ready for CTL Course Review.
2. Make changes based on CTL recommendations.