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Key Steps for UNH Faculty Transitioning to Online Teaching

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to transition or develop a course for online delivery? Many UNH faculty are curious about the same thing, and some 80 faculty have devoted the time and exploration necessary to prepare and teach an online course. They haven’t had to do this alone. The UNH IT Teaching + Learning Technologies groups have experienced staff to help, and they have developed a process for smoothing the transition from face-to-face to online delivery.

The Instructional Development Center (IDC), part of UNH IT Academic Technology’s Teaching + Learning Technologies team, helps faculty choose and integrate technology into their teaching practice. They also provide faculty with helpful guidelines to utilize when preparing to teach an online course. The IDC is currently supporting 40 faculty as they prepare to teach over the January term (J-term). For those thinking about developing an online course, the IDC staff is available to guide you through the process.

Preparation Time
“It generally takes 2-3 months to prepare an online course given that faculty have many competing responsibilities,” Stephanie Cheney, leader of the Academic Technology Teaching and Learning Technologies team said. “It may take less time if the course has been taught before or if a portion of the course content has been developed.”

Faculty can use the J-term course development timeline as a guide for keeping your course development on track.  Your instructional designer will be the main point of contact through the process of developing and teaching online; he or she will walk you through the process. If you’re thinking about teaching online, take a moment to review the “Key Steps” below.

Key Steps

1. Make an appointment with an instructional designer.

  • The Instructional Development Center (IDC) is a resource for all UNH faculty interested in integrating technology into their teaching. To request an appointment, call the UNH IT Service Desk at 862-4242.
  • Before you meet with your designer be ready to answer as many questions as possible contained in the Prepare to Meet your Instructional Designer guide.
  • Consider the varied technologies that might help you to most effectively meet the learning goals you’ve established for your course.  Review our guide for content delivery, communication, and assessment tools available for eUNH courses.  Your instructional designer can help you think through which tools are best for your course.

2. Become proficient in Blackboard.

  • To teach your course well, you should be confident in your understanding of the tools, features, and yes, quirks of Blackboard.
  • If you’re new to Blackboard, begin with the Quick Start course. (1.5 hours). Click here to browse our training classes.
  • Build your knowledge with on-demand tutorials.

3. Begin using Lecture Capture with Tegrity.

  • Video can help you build rapport with your students and enhance your personal presence.  It also allows students to review course concepts as often as they’d like and at times of their choosing.
  • Please ensure that your computer has the minimum technical specs. Click here for the minimum system requirements.
  • Request a Tegrity account (that’s the software used for Lecture Capture) by calling the UNH IT Service Desk at 862-4242.  This will allow you to use Lecture Capture and post video, audio, and screen captures in your Blackboard course.
  • Once you have your Tegrity account, visit the Lecture Capture self-service site.  This site provides the basics for creating videos using your microphone and webcam equipped computer.
  • For more advanced Lecture Capture services, call the UNH IT Service Desk at 862-4242 to request an appointment at the MUB Distance Learning Studio.

4. Reach out to a colleague who has taught online.

  • Consider those in your department or in a related department who may have experienced teaching an online or hybrid course.  Would they do it again?  What was different about engaging with online learners?  What would they have changed?
  • If you do not know a faculty member who has taught an online course, we can connect you with a colleague with experience. Call the UNH IT Service Desk at 862-4242 to request assistance.

5. Review your course with your instructional designer.

  • It will be helpful to speak with your instructional designer about the syllabus, video recordings, assignments, and modes of student interaction one final time prior to making your course live.
  • Consider reviewing your course against the following criteria to ensure you haven’t missed any important items: Recommended eUNH course components.

The Teaching + Learning Technologies team is currently developing an online training experience for faculty to learn more about developing and teaching online courses—the first offering of this training will run in Spring 2012. Additional information and resources for faculty teaching online can be found at: unh.edu/eunh. If you have a question, call the UNH IT Service Desk at 2-4242 or submit a question online at itsupport.unh.edu/onlinelearning.