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Course Development Learning Opportunities


TADL was setup to train instructors how to effectively use distance learning technologies. TADL follows the Seven Principles of Good Teaching, incorporates multimedia tools, and web 2.0 technologies.

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We schedule workshops throughout each semester held in face-to-face classroom environments. There will be opportunities to interact with, not only the IDU team of instructional designers, but also your peers. We cover processes, best practices, and tools supporting online instruction. Question and answer sessions follow, enabling constant improvement and suggestions of future workshop topics.

Example workshops include:

  • Course Builder: Best practices for developing a sound course structure.
  • D2L Tools: Introduces faculty to the various aspects and tools found in D2L.
  • Rubrics: Introduces faculty to the use of Rubrics.

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One-on-One Training

One-on-one support reinforces your understanding of how to use available tools for online teaching platforms. Whether you are new to online instruction or a practiced instructor, our one-on-one support includes detailed explanations.

Examples include:

  • Creating quizzes
  • Imbedding content into Desire2Learn
  • Digital media consultations
  • Grade book setup and maintenance
  • Setting up group assignments

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Online Self-Help

Don’t have time to come to a workshop? Our self-help tutorials function as refreshers.These services are great for those who have previously participated in IDU workshops and one-on-one training, and serve as immediate reminders to how specific tools are used. Self-help products provide step-by-step documentation for every online tool’s standard use.

Topics include:

  • D2L tools: Step-by-step handouts detailing instructions for D2L tool use.
  • SnagIt: A screenshot capture program used to capture still screenshots or videos.
  • Camtasia: Video software for creating screen-captured movies, training videos, and narrated presentations.
  • Wimba Create: Used to convert Word documents into content for online courses.
  • Respondus: A tool used to design and control essays, surveys, or quizzes published to Desire2Learn.

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SPSU Mentorship Program

To complete the mentorship program, an instructor must co-develop a course with an approved online course developer.

These individuals will work together to complete the course development and then jointly submit the course for external review. If the course meets the standards, the new instructor’s information will then be added to the approved list and he/she will be able to submit courses independently for future developments.

View the current approved developer list

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