Course Design Webinar Series

MOQI Webinar Descriptions

These are free 1-hour webinars offered by the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative. Scheduled sessions are listed on the MOQI Eventbrite registration page. Pre-registration is required. 


Learning Objectives: What, Why, Where & How

Well-written learning objectives establish the foundation upon which courses are designed and delivered.  They form the basis for the instructional materials and assessments that are included in the course. They serve as an implied contract between the instructor and student by defining what is to be taught and what is to be learned, so communicating these objectives clearly is a crucial step in assuring an effective learning experience.

This session will review best practices for creating and sharing measurable learning objectives in your online or blended course.

After this webinar you will be able to

  1. Explain the role of learning objectives in design and delivery of a course.
  2. Identify the essential characteristics of measurable learning objectives.
  3. Write clear, measurable course learning objectives.
  4. Identify several approaches and best practices for writing and sharing measurable objectives.

The Alphabet of Assessment

Assessment, Evaluation, and Testing are often used interchangeably.  What do we mean when we talk about formative assessment, summative assessment, aligned assessment, and evaluation?  Is that the same as testing? Assessment is a crucial part of any course because it allows your students to demonstrate mastery of the learning objectives.  But how do you know what type of assessment to choose?

After this webinar, you will be able to

  1. Explain the difference between types of assessment
  2. Identify the importance of aligning assessments to learning objectives
  3. Discuss the differences between assessment, evaluation, and testing.

Increase Student Engagement Using Discussion Boards

In this webinar, you will be introduced to several, easy to implement discussion techniques that can be used for any class to increase student engagement. Participants will be introduced to ways you can engage your students with icebreakers to get to know each other, team building, introduce new technologies, hands-on experience with the discussion tool. Participants will also learn how to structure a debate online to increase student critical thinking skills and deepen their knowledge on course topics, incorporate scenario based learning as an effective way for students to apply what they are learning to realistic situation and participants will learn how to create a discussion board in which students can become the expert on a course topic requiring them research, apply concepts and examples. Templates, assignment directions, and examples will be provided.

After this webinar, you will be able to

  1. Discuss techniques for increasing engagement using the discussion board.
  2. Utilize planning worksheets and templates to implement discussion board concepts.
  3. Increase student engagement with discussion boards.

Tips to Improve Navigation, Usability, and Organization in Your Online or Blended Course

This session will introduce you to different ways to create and organize your course content to improve the learning experience for your students. Tips will include different content creation strategies to improve accessibility and usability. Several different course organization approaches will be shared that will streamline the learning experience for your students including how to link other Brightspace and external tools into your course content area.

After this webinar, you will be able to

  1. Explain the best practices for streamlined navigation and organization in an online course.
  2. Apply content creation strategies that improve accessibility and usability.
  3. Describe different Brightspace tools and features that you can use to improve the navigation, usability, and organization of your course.

Lights, Camera, Action…Recorded Lectures

This session will feature practical information and skills needed to produce high-quality and polished recorded lectures. In addition to a review of PowerPoint fundamentals and design, participants will learn what makes a clear and engaging recorded lecture, how to fine-tune delivery, what to capture and best practices from the broadcast industry and on-air presence. This session will focus on the pedagogy of recorded lectures, not the technology. Templates and handouts for producing recorded lectures will be provided.

After this webinar, you will be able to

  1. Describe PowerPoint design elements: theme, images, accessibility features, and use of master templates.
  2. Create a video outline for instructional videos.
  3. Utilize a planning document to produce effective recorded lectures.
  4. Apply broadcast industry best practices for recorded lectures.

Mediaspace for Recorded Lectures

In this webinar, participants will learn how to capture a lecture using Mediaspace as well as how to integrate their lectures into D2L Brightspace. This webinar will focus on the technical aspects of recording lectures including audio levels, camera composition, capturing web camera and PowerPoint presentations, editing, machine-close caption the video and share this in D2L Brightspace. Step-by-step guides will be provided.

After this webinar, you will be able to

  1. Utilize Mediaspace to record lectures including web camera and presentations.
  2. Share recorded lectures in D2L Brightspace.

Accessibility, UDL, and You

In this webinar, participants will learn the difference between the accessible course design and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  They will review the important role faculty play in designing courses that are accessible and inclusive. Principles of UDL will be introduced. Participants will learn about how to create accessible course content using Word, PowerPoint, Mediaspace, and D2L Brightspace files.  Handouts and guides will be provided.

After this webinar, you will be able to

  1. Explain the difference between and main concepts of accessible course design, accommodation, and Universal Design Learning principles.
  2. Identify several strategies for implementing UDL principles in your own course.
  3. Create accessible course content including course documents (Word, PowerPoint, PDF), video captioning in Mediaspace, and content pages in Brightspace.

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