Baloo Print for Online Course Design



Get your Bearings: In a quality online course, a good deal of work happens before you ever step into Canvas. Going in with a vision and a plan is the first step to online teaching success, but that may be easier said than done. What does a good plan look like? What considerations do you make for an online course that you might not in a face-to-face environment? You don't have to answer these questions alone. The Learning Design team can help you setup a course map based on objectives and ID theory, identify ways to integrate your Christian faith, spark ideas for creating instructor presence, & provide planning tools. (More on "Brainstorm")


Create the Bear Necessities: Once you have mapped your course and aligned all of your course components (i.e. assignments, activities, assessments, and instructional materials and technology), you are ready to begin building your course in Canvas. Tools can change rapidly. Do you feel overwhelmed with where and how to start building your class? The Learning Design team can help you with using basic and advanced Canvas features, creating video lectures & video quizzes, setting up modules, developing active discussion boards, providing a variety of rubric-based assessments and designing your pages with Cidi Lab themes. (More on "Build")

Branch Out

Go Beyond the Bearbones: Perhaps you have a successful on-line course with great learning materials, well-designed navigation, and manifest instructor presence. But do you want to take it a step further? If so, it is time to Branch Out! Start to dream about how your course could increase student engagement through the use of interactive media, advanced video techniques, mobile applications, new technology tools, e-learning content, simulations, virtual reality, and more. You can be creative with your wish list and the Learning Design team can help you make it a reality. (More on "Branch Out")


Be a torchbearer: Your course can be a beacon to many people – from your own students, to other faculty, and beyond. Do you want to make sure you reach your audience? Does your vision for distance students include synchronous class sessions? Let the Learning Design team prepare you for meeting the needs of your students by addressing accessibility, by exploring strategies for personalized learning, by modeling how to conduct live webinars, and by highlighting test integrity techniques. This step also embraces continuous review and revision of courses and encourages sharing best practices with colleagues. (More on "Broadcast")