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Summer 2020 Course Prep

These resources will help as you prepare to offer your classes online during summer semester 2020. If you are just getting started, consider taking the first steps toward excellent online teaching by reviewing our launch checklist for summer, learning more about eLC through a curated LinkedIn Learning course, or requesting access to view examples of existing online courses at UGA. If you’re looking to advance your skills, check out our range of just-in-time learning resources or request an instructional design consultation to discuss the details of your project with an online learning expert.

First Steps

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Review the course launch checklist for summer semester 2020 to make sure you’re taking care of the most important details for preparing your course. We have also provided a video overview of the checklist items below.

  • Approximate time to review this resource: 5-10 minutes.

Participate in the condensed version of Learning Brightspace by D2L on LinkedIn Learning. Following the essential track, you can complete the course in under two hours. Or, opt for the Recommended or Extended track to learn more in just a little extra time.

  • Approximate time to review this resource: 2-3 hours.

Request access to existing UGA courses to get an idea of what UGA faculty have already created. These courses can help you find inspiration to create your own excellent learning experiences.

  • Approximate time to review this resource: 20-30 minutes.

In order to facilitate learning that meets the needs and demands of online students, instructors should engage in intentional course design. The Elements of Good Online Learning page provides suggestions for constructing course elements that support good online learning.

  • Approximate time to review this resource: 10 minutes.

Online course content needs to be carefully constructed and organized so students can easily access and navigate it. The Creating Online Course Content lists some considerations for instructors who are creating online course content.

  • Approximate time to review this resource: 10 minutes.

There are a variety of options and factors for faculty members to take into account when designing assessments for online courses. The online assessments page includes some online assessment options, considerations for using them in online courses, and available resources.

  • Approximate time to review this resource: 10 minutes.

In an effort to align course expectations with UGA’s mission to promote academic honesty, it is important for faculty to include clear and consistent instructions for all course assignments. Visit the academic honesty page to find strategies to help.

  • Approximate time to review this resource: 10 minutes.

Screencasting (recordings of a computer screen with a voiceover recording) is a ubiquitous strategy for content development in online courses. Use our screencasting guide to help make your screencasts stand out.

  • Approximate time to review this resource: 5-10 minutes.

Intermediate Resources

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Check out our Instructional Design Basics document to find strategies for assessment and learning design.

  • Approximate time to review this resource: 15-20 minutes.

Browse the UGA Online Course Guide to get ideas about many facets of online learning, including content presentation and building online community.

  • Approximate time to review this resource: 1 hour.

Online instructors are most successful when they plan and support their courses as online learning communities. Visit the student engagement page to get ideas for engaging your students.

  • Approximate time to review this resource: 20 minutes.

Click here to request access to this self-paced course. It is designed to facilitate the creation of one week’s worth of instruction using tools provided by UGA. You will be notified as soon as you have been enrolled.

  • Approximate time to complete this resource: 8-9 hours.

Request a consultation contact form at the bottom of this page to speak with an online learning expert about your course.

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