Getting Started and Organizing Your Course

Guiding Questions

When reviewing the materials below, we recommend taking notes based on guided questions to solidify your learning and make concrete connections with your teaching. Download a copy of the CTSI Course Planning Mini Guide (doc) to organize your responses:

  • Why did you choose this item? What challenge or situation in your teaching are you hoping to address?
  • What did you learn that was new or surprising? What made it stand out?
  • What’s one new strategy you could take back to your teaching? What might you recommend to a peer?
  • What’s something you still want to learn more about? Where might you find more information?

Organizing Your Course

Explore Video Content

(Includes pre-recorded workshops, videos, etc.)

  • Course Design
    How to design your course, using Dee Fink’s model of integrated course design. Fink’s model is based on the three interconnected pillars of learner-centered course design: learning outcomes, assessment, and teaching & learning activities.

  • Planning and Preparing Your Online Course (50m)
    How to prepare and set up an online course environment. Includes tips and strategies on choosing appropriate edtech tools and methods for moving content online and finding Quercus support resources.
  • Teaching, Learning and Technology Consultation Clinics
    Book an appointment with a Faculty Liaison from the Teaching, Learning, and Technology team at CTSI to discuss:

    • Webinar and Webconferencing Clinic
    • Quercus Drop-in Consultation
    • Captioning Clinic

    Book an appointment

  • Organizing your Course Content (53m)
    Review how you can make your course materials (e.g., syllabus, readings, and lecture notes/recordings) available to your students in Quercus. Includes strategies for organizing your content using Modules and Pages and discuss designing a Home Page that is engaging for students and sets an inviting first impression of your course.

Bonus videos:

Explore Text Content

(Includes webpages, slide decks, CTSI guides, etc.)

Creating an Accessible Course (UDL, Captioning, Transcription, Inclusive Teaching)

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  • Making Accessible Course Documents (57m)
    Learn the fundamentals to make the documents you share with students as accessible as possible. With an emphasis on Microsoft products, common formatting pitfalls and their repercussions will be examined.
  • Exploring Captioning and Transcription Tools (46m)
    In this webinar, we will explore the various options for generating captions and transcripts for rich media-based content (Audio/Video).

Explore Text Content

Supporting Your Students

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Explore Text Content

Reflect, Practice, & Implement

Explore Tools and technologies

(Include testing out technology, drafting a syllabus/assignment/rubric/policy)

Learn More & Next Steps

External links, book/article citations, and support