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Six Steps to Success: Moving your face-to-face program online

  • Date: Jan. 10, 2022
  • Format: online
    $0.00
Participants in this course will use MU Extension Learning and Teaching Services' six-step process to develop an online course that incorporates key course concepts: ensure impact, leverage asynchronous content and engage learners. This is NOT a course in the traditional sense. Rather, it is an opportunity to access support and resources as you delve into your project. We are not going to cover how to teach online, quality course gold nugget standards, teaching best practices, instructional design... Of course, we'll slip in all sorts of nuggets of wisdom to help you excel in the online learning environment.

Six Steps to Success registration will open in September 2021. Watch for our announcement in the Exchange. There is no course end date! We want you to continue to use this site as a collaboration space, to ask questions, and to access resources.

Course activities are asynchronous. However, small group and one-on-one Zoom sessions are highly encouraged! We want to interact with you. We want you to interact with each other. And, we understand the demands on your time. Synchronous sessions are optional and recordings will be available.

Knowledge and experience with Canvas Learning Management System is helpful but not required.

 Welcome to Six Steps to Success!

Course Description

Participants in this course will use MU Extension Learning and Teaching Services' six-step process to develop an online course that incorporates key course concepts: ensure impact, leverage asynchronous content and engage learners.

This is NOT a course in the traditional sense. Rather, it is an opportunity to access support and resources as you delve into your project. We are not going to cover how to teach online, quality course gold nuggetstandards, teaching best practices, instructional design... Of course, we'll slip in all sorts of nuggets of wisdom to help you excel in the online learning environment.

Six Steps to Success registration will open in September 2021. Watch for our announcement in the Exchange. There is no course end date! We want you to continue to use this site as a collaboration space, to ask questions, and to access resources.

Course activities are asynchronous. However, small group and one-on-one Zoom sessions are highly encouraged! We want to interact with you. We want you to interact with each other. And, we understand the demands on your time. Synchronous sessions are optional and recordings will be available.

Knowledge and experience with Canvas Learning Management System is helpful but not required.

Objectives

By the end of this course, you will develop an online course with at least one module that incorporates key course concepts: ensure impact, leverage asynchronous content, and engage learners.

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • develop a course map incorporating vertical and horizontal alignment strategies,
  • transition face-to-face content delivery and learning activities to online formats,
  • identify three types of learner engagement and give an example of each,
  • develop a course that includes key communication strategies and support resources for students,
  • develop a course that complies with Phase One accessibility and Quality Matters requirements,
  • develop a module structure that incorporates the principles of universal design for learning,
  • utilize the MultiTool for rapid course development, and
  • identify and perform the six steps in the online course review process.

Course Organization

Course Topics

Module Title

Module topic

Step 1: Ensure Impact

Vertical and horizontal program alignment

Step 2: Digitize content

Converting content -authentic, accessible and engaging

Step 3: Build course framework

Key student communication and support

Step 4: Develop Module Structure

UDL principles and rapid course development 

Step 5: Build out course

Uploading files, linking pages, CIDI Design Toolbox

Step 6: Review and pilot

Accessibility, Quality Matters, peer-review, pilot

Weekly activities

Each Thursday we will begin a new topic with a short video introducing each step in our six-step process and the week's activities and resources.  

Each week may include:

  • Video introduction to the topic
  • Readings and resources to enhance your understanding
  • Discussions to connect to your course facilitators and peers
  • Group assignments to encourage peer collaborations 
  • Assignments to demonstrate your mastery of the material

 Companion Canvas site

You will be enrolled as an instructor in a Canvas course development site (Companion Course) to apply your learning and end the course with a product you can use!

Groups assignments

Groups allow you to work in-depth with your course instructors and/or peers.  How great is that! We'll get you started in your groups and provide additional information in the first week.

Discussions

We've included one discussion for general course questions.  Chances are, if you have a question, somebody else will.  This way, everyone can benefit from the questions and answers.

Each topic will also have a dedicated discussion.  The purpose of these discussions is to give you an opportunity to learn from each other and explore the topics as a learning community. Sometimes, the act of writing can help us clarify, make connections, and draw implications from our experiences in new ways. 

We acknowledge that everyone's contribution will be unique and particular to their context and experiences. Therefore, we expect and welcome a diversity of contributions and viewpoints. We hope that everyone will bring to the course a posture of curiosity, interest in listening, and willingness to share.

As members of a learning community, writing publicly, in small amounts, and without much time to edit may be the greatest challenge of all in this course.

  • We invite you to err on the side of jumping into discussions with our shared understanding that an online discussion board can never reflect your most robust thinking and writing, and that's not the point in this context.
  • Our goal is to share what comes to mind and shape our thinking and actions in this experience together. 

We also expect that participants will bring different prior experiences, interests, and motivations to this course and our discussions will reflect this range.

Additional Canvas Trainings and Resources

Enroll in Everybody Wins with Universal Design for Learning. It is so much easier to build in accessibility than have to go back through and edit an entire course! You might as well complete this course. It will be required of all online instructors soon.  

Enroll in Copyrights, Copy Wrongs. Do you have permissions for all your course images?  It is so much easier to trade out a PowerPoint image in your original slide show, than after you have narrated, closed captioned and uploaded it into a course!  

Eventually, you need to complete our Essentials of Online Course Management 3.0. This course will help you understand course management, student enrollment options, and even online course life cycles.   Essentials of Online Course Management 3.0 is critical when you are ready to offer your online course on the MU Extension Canvas Learning Management System.

Enroll in Canvas Quick Start. This site is your Canvas "how-to" resource.  All module requirements have been removed to allow faculty to access what they need, when they need it.  All we ask is you peruse the course so you know what resources are there, and always go to this site before asking for help. Why? Two reasons.  We want you to feel empowered in this environment AND you'll remember it.