Evolving teaching and learning


How do I start designing my course?

Contact the KU Center for Online and Distance Learning, 785-864-1000, codl@ku.edu


Who do I contact for help designing my course?

Contact the KU Center for Online and Distance Learning, 785-864-1000, codl@ku.edu or the KU Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), 785-864-4199, cte@ku.edu.


Do I have to redesign my entire course all at once?

No, you may work on one unit or several it is your choice.


How do I get Blackboard training?

http://www.blackboard.ku.edu, 785-864-2600, blackboardsupport@ku.edu

Teaching technology: 785-864-8080, itcsc@ku.edu, teaching.technology.ku.edu


Will I be charged for instructional design and other CODL services?

No. KU faculty and instructors may use CODL instructional design and eLearning support services free of charge.


I want to make a welcome video for my course. Who do I contact?

Contact the KU Center for Online and Distance Learning, 785-864-1000, codl@ku.edu


I only use Blackboard’s Grade Center and my students are asking to obtain more course information in Blackboard.  How else can I use Blackboard to enhance my existing course?

Blackboard contains many features that allow the instructor to organize and present content, add your syllabus, offer supplemental information, engage students outside of class, or provide assessments.  As an instructor you can add learning materials such as images, PowerPoint presentations, videos, readings, etc. to Blackboard so that students can easily access these materials at any time. 


My students seem tired of discussion boards and I am not receiving quality responses to discussion topics.  What else can I do to engage my students in dialogue outside of class?

Consider the discussion topics presented – are these opened ended? require critical thinking? varied to include scenarios/case studies, current issues, ethical choices, images, etc.? Based on your objective for the discussion, consider using a tool to engage learners such as VoiceThread, Blogs, or Wikis. These tools can still utilize a discussion topic and promote student-to-student interaction.  Also consider creating groups so that students interact in a smaller setting which can encourage more dialogue.


I would like to use class time to work on more difficult topics and problems, but students don’t seem prepared for class.  What can I do to make better use of valuable class time and hold students accountable to be prepared?

One suggestion would be to implement a Flipped course format.  Once you identify the objectives that you want students to achieve before class, you can determine the materials that they need to meet these objectives.  In addition, you can add self-check quizzes or tests over the material that students are to complete outside of class.  This reinforces the material, adds accountability for students and allows you to monitor student progress which can identify gaps in student knowledge or lack of comprehension.


My department chair informed me that I have to add online components to my lecture course.  I am not sure where to start.

The KU Center for Online and Distance Learning (785-864-1000, codl@ku.edu) specifically serves and supports faculty regarding all aspects of learning.


How can I provide active learning for all type of students?

Develop a Hybrid module for your course. Students meet less often, but prepare group projects and interact online with classmates prior to class. Class sessions are highly interactive and applied. This type of course model integrates the benefit of face-to-face format and keeps students highly engaged with the team-based activities and group discussions.

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