Course Design

The TEACH Act in More Detail

Posted by Jennifer Bell on May 12, 2017

Since its founding, the United States has protected the rights of creators to allow them to share and profit from their work as they see fit without the fear […]

Fair Use in More Detail

Posted by Jennifer Bell on May 11, 2017

The purpose of copyright law was never to close down the exchange of ideas; in fact, it’s in place to encourage creators to share their work without fear of […]

Universal Design for Learning: The Recognition Network

Posted by Robin Zahrdnt on March 27, 2017

All students bring unique perspectives, approaches, experiences, preferences, learning styles, and, in some cases, disabilities to their courses. Addressing this wide variety of characteristics presents a considerable challenge for […]

The Use of Narrative Structure in Course Design

Posted by Lee Ann Dickerson on February 3, 2017

Whatever the objective, knowing one’s goal is key to achieving it. This simple adage is the essence of backward design and helps in building modules that prepare students for […]

The Benefits of Rubrics in Online Classes

Posted by Galen Davis and Adam Shaw on December 28, 2016

Rubrics are an essential tool for any instructor, but they play an even more compelling role in online courses. By creating rubrics that describe different levels of student performance, […]

Designing Course Content for Screen Readers

Posted by Robin Zahrdnt on November 22, 2016

One of the most common types of assistive technology in use today is the screen reader. Screen readers are software programs that people who have visual deficits use to […]

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines at a Glance

Posted by Robin Zahrdnt on November 18, 2016

This article outlines some of the things that anyone designing content for presentation on the Internet should keep in mind.  Each of these tips will make it easier for […]

Improving Accessibility for All Users

Posted by Robin Zahrdnt on November 18, 2016

To understand web content accessibility, it’s important to consider how disabled users access and navigate the online environment. There are five basic categories of disabilities that are considered in […]

Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism: Yes, Instructors Can Do It Too

Posted by Jennifer Bell on November 2, 2016

If you’ve taught even a single class, you’ve likely read or even written an academic honesty policy. Colleges and universities give much attention to preventing plagiarism among students—and rightfully […]

Syllabus Development in the Online Classroom

Posted by Adam Shaw on November 2, 2016

The course syllabus is one of the most important elements of the online classroom. In addition to being a contract between you and your students, it outlines course […]