Course Design Webinars

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. The webinar schedule is frequently updated so check back if you don’t see a time/ date that works for you.


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 to increase student engagement. You will be introduced a variety of different discussion board activities including icebreakers, multi-media discussions, and group projects. You will also learn how to structure a debate online, ways to incorporate scenario-based learning and how to create a discussion board in which students can become the expert on a course topic requiring them research, apply concepts and examples.

After this webinar, you will be able to

  1. Discuss techniques for increasing engagement using the discussion board.
  2. Discuss a variety of different types of group discussion boards.
  3. Increase student engagement with discussion boards.

Accessibility, UDL, and You

When creating or revising your course materials and content, are you using the built-in features of Word, PowerPoint, and Brightspace to ensure that your course materials and content are accessible? In this webinar, participants will review the important role faculty play in designing courses that are accessible. Participants will learn 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 role of faculty in ADA Compliance as it relates to creating accessible and inclusive course content.
  2. Create accessible course content including course documents created in Word, PowerPoint, and Mediaspace.
  3. Use D2L Brightspace tools to create accessible course materials.

D2L Brightspace – Groups and Discussion Boards

The D2L Brightspace Discussion Board tool can be used for users to ask questions, discuss course content, and work together in assigned groups and sections. In this webinar, we will discuss how to create discussion forums and topics as well as highlight how to provide feedback and assess student posts. We will also discuss the basics of the Groups tool and discover versatile uses of the group tool such as to allow students to select research topics, choose their own groups for small group projects, and engage with students in one-to-one ongoing private conversations
for the duration of your course.

After this webinar, you will be able to

  1. Create D2L discussion topics and forums
  2. Provide feedback and assess D2L discussion posts
  3. Discuss a variety of uses for the Groups tool within a D2L course
  4. Create and manage D2L group restrictions

D2L Brightspace – Intelligent Agents and Release Conditions

D2L Brightspace Release Conditions are conditional requirements that restrict access to specific content, resources, or areas within the D2L Brightspace Learning Environment. Setting release conditions allows you to create learning path through your course by releasing content to students based on performance, which ensures that students complete one activity before gaining access to another. In this webinar, we will demonstrate the process of setting release conditions and provide examples of how they can be used in courses. This webinar will also introduce D2L Brightspace Intelligent Agents. Intelligent Agents can assist instructors by providing an automated notification when a defined activity occurs in a course or when there is a lack of login or course entry.

After this webinar, you will be able to

  1. Create release conditions within a D2L course
  2. Create an intelligent agent within a D2L course
  3. Discuss strategies for using release conditions and intelligent agents to create personalized experiences for
    students

Kaltura Capture and Mediaspace for Recorded Lectures

In this webinar, you will learn how to capture a lecture using Kaltura Capture as well as how to integrate your 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, and machine-closed captioning.

After this webinar, you will be able to

  1. Utilize Kaltura Capture to record lectures including web camera and presentations.
  2. Share recorded lectures in D2L Brightspace.
  3. Edit a Kaltura Capture recording
  4. Request machine-closed captions for a Kaltura Capture recording

D2L Brightspace – Content and Navigation

The D2L Brightspace Content area lets you and your students access files including Office files, PDFs, and HTML documents for your course. This session will introduce you to different ways to organize your course content and how to link other tools into your course content for easy navigation. The session will address how to improve accessibility and usability. It will also cover how to use the Course Builder tool to easily access and organize your content and integrate other items such as discussions, quizzes, and other D2L items.

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.

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