Week 2: Creating Intro &
Structure
Your Course Intro
Course Structure & The Template
Creating Lessons
Copyright & Digitiza...
Course Structure:
*Your course is going to contain a considerable
amount of material - it’s extremely important to
maintai...
Course Structure: The Template
*In your course, you will find a template has
been uploaded for you to use
*We use a templa...
Course structure: Template
*Everything on the template that is in maroon is
instructional and should be deleted when you
a...
Course Structure: the Template
* If you are teaching a previously designed
course, we will work with you to merge the
cont...
Course Structure:
*Choose 1 or 2 days assignments will be due,
and keep those the same each week (example:
discussion post...
Course Structure: Ideas:
*Practice consistency in all elements of the
course:
-email reminders the same day each week
-use...
Novelty within the Structure:
*Having a consistent structure is not meant to
remove innovation from the classroom.
*Build ...
Remember to Think Backwards:
*As you think about the structure of your
course, and begin building assignments and
lessons ...
Your Course Intro:
*Use the top section of your course as the
course intro.
*This is where you will place items and
announ...
What to Include in Your Course Intro:
*Syllabus & Course Calendar
*Course description, goals & objectives
*Instructor intr...
Forum for student introductions:
*Asking students to introduce themselves
promotes community building online.
*Provide the...
Your Intro: Several Options:
*Students love getting to know their instructors,
even in the online environment. Consider
ma...
Online Lessons
*Your online lessons will be a combination of
readings, powerpoints, and video lessons.
Best Practices for Powerpoint
Lessons:
*If converting presentations from a traditional
classroom, review and edit your pow...
Best Practices for Video Lectures:
*Keep them short! If you have a lot of content
to cover in a video lecture, break it up...
Tools for Video Lectures:
*iPad or other tablet device
- great for intro videos - just point at your face and
record
*Scre...
Embedding Your Content into Moodle:
1. Record your video using the iPad
(instructions posted in Moodle) or a
Screencasting...
Embedding Videos into Moodle
3. In YouTube, click Share & copy the embed
code:
Embedding video into Moodle
4. In Moodle, open the editor for the section
you want to add the video
5. Click the <>
6. Pas...
Using Copyrighted Materials Online:
As you prepare your lessons and materials, you
may find outside resources - websites, ...
Using Copyrighted Materials Online:
*Use database articles, websites, and images
as you normally would (Business faculty-
...
Why can’t I convert my DVDs?
*Fair Use and copyright law is vague, but
recent decisions imply that fair use doesn’t
extend...
Instead of Digitizing DVDs…..
There are lots of great sites with free & legal
video content (links posted in Moodle):
Or, ...
Tasks for this Week:
*Create an intro video or powerpoint for your
course, and practice embedding video into your
Moodle c...
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  1. 1. Week 2: Creating Intro & Structure Your Course Intro Course Structure & The Template Creating Lessons Copyright & Digitization
  2. 2. Course Structure: *Your course is going to contain a considerable amount of material - it’s extremely important to maintain a consistent structure from week to week so students can find what they are looking for.
  3. 3. Course Structure: The Template *In your course, you will find a template has been uploaded for you to use *We use a template for online courses to provide consistency between classes, to make it easier for students to navigate, and to ensure instructors include important elements.
  4. 4. Course structure: Template *Everything on the template that is in maroon is instructional and should be deleted when you are done revising content. *Bold headings indicate headings that should remain in the course. Edit the text below these headings with your content.
  5. 5. Course Structure: the Template * If you are teaching a previously designed course, we will work with you to merge the content with the template. (contact Erin!). * The next slide contains a short video on how to edit the template.
  6. 6. Course Structure: *Choose 1 or 2 days assignments will be due, and keep those the same each week (example: discussion post due each Thursday, weekly assignments due Sundays). *Be aware of your students’ schedules. You may need to tweak the days & times assignments are due to accomodate.
  7. 7. Course Structure: Ideas: *Practice consistency in all elements of the course: -email reminders the same day each week -use the same Moodle assignment type -use the same type of forum for discussion -Be available via chat or phone the same day/time each week
  8. 8. Novelty within the Structure: *Having a consistent structure is not meant to remove innovation from the classroom. *Build novelty into activities from week to week - new websites, videos, graphics, etc. *Allow for flexibility with online ‘office hours’ - let students set virtual appointments at times that work for them.
  9. 9. Remember to Think Backwards: *As you think about the structure of your course, and begin building assignments and lessons for the class, always be asking how those materials align with the final course goal.
  10. 10. Your Course Intro: *Use the top section of your course as the course intro. *This is where you will place items and announcements students need before the course begins. *Use directives, such as “START HERE!” to grab students’ attention.
  11. 11. What to Include in Your Course Intro: *Syllabus & Course Calendar *Course description, goals & objectives *Instructor introduction and contact information *Tech requirements (software & skills), how to navigate the course, who to contact for tech help *A list of major assignments, percentages, grading scale, & rubric *A forum for students to introduce themselves.
  12. 12. Forum for student introductions: *Asking students to introduce themselves promotes community building online. *Provide the first thread, and consider posting a picture. Encourage students to do so as well. *Along with a name & short bio, ask students why they are taking an online class, and if they have any experience with online classes.
  13. 13. Your Intro: Several Options: *Students love getting to know their instructors, even in the online environment. Consider making a video using an iPad or a screencasting program to introduce yourself to the class. *Other options - create a powerpoint presentation with your info & pics, or write up a short biography.
  14. 14. Online Lessons *Your online lessons will be a combination of readings, powerpoints, and video lessons.
  15. 15. Best Practices for Powerpoint Lessons: *If converting presentations from a traditional classroom, review and edit your powerpoint slides carefully - make sure to include written explanations for concepts usually done verbally.
  16. 16. Best Practices for Video Lectures: *Keep them short! If you have a lot of content to cover in a video lecture, break it up into 5 minutes sections and record several short videos instead of one long one. *Write an outline or script before recording. This ensures you won’t forget anything important, and helps you stay within the time limits.
  17. 17. Tools for Video Lectures: *iPad or other tablet device - great for intro videos - just point at your face and record *Screen-casto-Matic & Screenr.com - Screenr & Screen-cast-o-matic are great for recording audio over your powerpoint slides. When you are done, send videos to YouTube, or save the file to your computer.
  18. 18. Embedding Your Content into Moodle: 1. Record your video using the iPad (instructions posted in Moodle) or a Screencasting tool 2. Send it to YouTube (you can create a YouTube account with your Goshen Username/Password
  19. 19. Embedding Videos into Moodle 3. In YouTube, click Share & copy the embed code:
  20. 20. Embedding video into Moodle 4. In Moodle, open the editor for the section you want to add the video 5. Click the <> 6. Paste the code text. When you save, it will go back to the normal view and you can easily move and enter text around the video.
  21. 21. Using Copyrighted Materials Online: As you prepare your lessons and materials, you may find outside resources - websites, articles, images, and videos - you want to include in your course. Copyright & Fair Use in the online environment is extremely complicated!
  22. 22. Using Copyrighted Materials Online: *Use database articles, websites, and images as you normally would (Business faculty- please contact your librarian for information on using case studies from Harvard Business Review). *DVD or VHS Videos you use in a traditional classroom likely CANNOT be converted for use in your online course.
  23. 23. Why can’t I convert my DVDs? *Fair Use and copyright law is vague, but recent decisions imply that fair use doesn’t extend to online classrooms. *To secure legal rights to convert/stream video is time consuming, and often expensive. *Even if legal rights are secured, it can take weeks to complete the conversion process.
  24. 24. Instead of Digitizing DVDs….. There are lots of great sites with free & legal video content (links posted in Moodle): Or, students can rent videos (these work best for courses showing popular Hollywood movies): C-Span Video Library Discovery Channel Khan Academy PBS Video Ted Talks TeacherTube YouTube Amazon Hulu (subscription) iTunes Netflix (subscription) Public Libraries Redbox
  25. 25. Tasks for this Week: *Create an intro video or powerpoint for your course, and practice embedding video into your Moodle course! *Post to the discussion board any questions, comments, or frustrations with this process. If you’re willing to share your intro, post it to the forum too. *Complete the Moodle lesson for this week.

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