Prepare To Meet With Your Instructional Designer

  • What major topics does your course cover and what are the learning outcomes? What is the essence of the course?
  • What are the drivers for teaching this course online?
  • What questions or concerns do you have about teaching in the online environment?
    • Cheating, communication overload, the time it will take to develop and teach, student technology competence, clarifying expectations with students?
  • What Blackboard features do you already use?
  • How do you want to communicate with your students?
    • Synchronous/Asynchronous
    • Many students want to take online courses because of the flexibility they provide—to do work anytime/anywhere. Requiring sync communication may limit the number of students that register. Also consider time zones, which can make scheduling tricky.
  • How do you currently deliver content?
    • Are you using Tegrity for personal capture or are your currently using the Distance Learning Studio?
    • Are you familiar with Kaltura for the use of rich media? 
  • How do you evaluate students in the course? 
    • BB exams/assessments/Respondus
    • Do you have grading rubrics in mind?
    • Are you considering Discussion Board/Blogs?
  • General course organization:
    • Make it clear and consistent: modules/folders
    • Show examples from exemplar courses
  • How will you build community in an online course?
    • Intro/Ice breaker activities—share photo