I created this list for instructional designers working with faculty in higher education who are moving their courses online for the first time. This is not a comprehensive list but rather a checklist for talking points. I hope you find it helpful!
- Will the course shell be shared with others in your department?
- What are the course learning goals and objectives? What are the objectives for each unit? Review syllabus, lecture notes, and assignments.
- What do you want your students to achieve through online activities and interactions? Discuss reuse/redesign of existing activities such as a pen-and-paper vocabulary log conversion to an electronic glossary/flashcards.
- What is your ability to develop multimedia presentations? Discuss training and helpful resources.
- How familiar are you with the online learning management system? Discuss training and helpful resources.
- Share sources of support for pedagogical assistance for faculty.
- Share sources of online technological and academic support for students (e.g., Smarthinking, TurnitIn, Orientation tutorials, LMS 24/7 Support Desk, learning strategies, or job aids).
- What are the departmental timelines, constraints, testing requirements, and online resources?
- Share samples of monitoring tools: weekly activity checklists for students and teachers, tracking sheet for teacher’s response to students in forums, and LMS site statistics and test item analysis.
- Share sample rubrics for collaborative projects, forums, and individual assignments, as well as resources for creating rubrics (e.g. Rubistar).
- Share copy of Netiquette, sample rubric for forums, and effective set-up of threaded discussion to engender a community of inquiry.
- Share your university’s accessibility guidelines for e-learning.
- Invite faculty to view your model course as a student (teacher-as-learner role).
- Share sample semestrial course checklist for design/redesign.
Sandra Annette Rogers,