Online Course Development Boot Camp
Date: January 8–12, 2018
Times: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Registration deadline is Tuesday, October 31.
Want help with developing an online course? This one-week immersive-style workshop will provide faculty with hands-on training and work time to develop an online course. At the end of the boot camp, faculty will have developed a significant portion of their course and will earn a badge that will apply toward an online course certification program.
The Online Course Development Boot Camp is open to all MSU faculty. You do not need to be an expert in Blackboard, but you should know how to add content and be familiar with tools such as the discussion board, test manager, and grade center. Faculty should also bring their laptop to work on during the boot camp.
At the end of the boot camp, you will:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of best practices that are related to online courses and teaching.
- Create a course structure and begin building your course in Blackboard.
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of technology tools and their use in online teaching (lecture capture, test proctoring tools, and others).
- Translate learning activities to the online classroom and create opportunities for student collaboration and engagement.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of legal and ethical issues associated with online teaching such as copyright, accessibility, and academic integrity.
Boot camp participants will meet with an instructional designer to begin the course planning process prior to the one-week boot camp with an “on-paper” planning activity in preparation for the hands-on workshop. Participants can continue working with an instructional designer on the completion of their course development and the certification program.
The MS Online development stipend may apply to courses developed by faculty going through the boot camp once the courses have been fully developed and reviewed by an instructional designer in the FCTL.
Contact the FCTL or call 836-3059 to register for the Online Course Development Boot Camp.
High-Impact Practices and Diversity and Multicultural Practices in the Classroom
Call for Proposals: 2018–2019 Curriculum Innovation Awards
Submission Deadline Tuesday, October 31.
The FCTL Advisory Council is soliciting proposals for the creation or improvement of student learning experiences at Missouri State University. Two-proposal types will be considered:
- Creating high-impact practices that enhance student learning
- Diversity and multicultural practices in teaching and learning
MSU’s 2016–2021 Long-Range Plan outlines high-impact learning and diversity and multicultural practices as important goals for the university. In addition, the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) has identified both of these practices as enrichment experiences that are shown to benefit student learning.
The 2018–2019 Curriculum Innovation Awards will provide faculty members with funding of up to $4,000. Budgets smaller than the $4,000 award limit are encouraged. Proposals should involve the improvement and development of the following:
- First-Year Experiences
- Common Intellectual/Common Reader Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service Learning/Community-Based Learning
- Public Affair Capstone/General Education Public Affair Courses
Upcoming MSU Faculty Write Program Retreats
The Faculty Write Program focuses on promoting faculty productivity and camaraderie through writing-based experiences such as interdisciplinary writing retreat held about twice a month, workshops, and 15-day writing challenges. Writing retreats include a light lunch, opportunities to develop a strong network of peer support and accountability, and voluntary feedback sessions. Dr. Mandy Benedict-Chambers facilitates the sessions.
Fall Retreat Dates:
- Thursday, October 12
- Friday, October 27
- Thursday, November 9 (Meyer 120)
- Friday, December 1
- Monday-Tuesday, December 18–19
Please register through My Learning Connection.
Scholar 2 Scholar Information Sessions
All sessions will be held in the Multicultural Resource Center. For more information, contact Adena Young-Jones.
Thursday, October 26, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Diversity Fellow, Adena Young-Jones, will lead sessions on various diversity topics. Register for one or all. Opportunities for immediate application(s) will be discussed in an interactive forum.
Location for all sessions: Meyer Library, 204
Diversity Mini-Workshop Session 2
Critical perspectives: Micro-aggressions in academia
Have you ever witnessed or experienced a micro-aggression on campus? This session will examine varying levels of micro-aggressions as it corresponds with intent/impact.
Diversity Mini-Workshop Session 3
Critical perspectives: Assumptions on campus
Consider the impact of assumptions on perceptions and subsequent interactions with others. This session will allow you to converse in meaningful dialogues regarding miseducation and socialization.
Diversity Mini-Workshop Session 4
Critical perspectives: The university and social justice
Building on previous workshop discussions, contemplate your call to action for implementing socially just practices at the university. This session will prompt critical conversations regarding steps for progress.
Please register through My Learning Connection. For more information, contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at 836-3059.
What is a Learning-Centered Syllabus?
A learning-centered syllabus sets the tone for your course and helps to establish student expectations of a safe learning environment where every voice is valued and respected. Best practices and strategies outlined in this workshop will help you to leverage your syllabi as a first-point-of-contact challenging students to think about their goals for the course that can support their learning, or impede their progress in learning.
The goal of this workshop is to enable faculty to assess their current syllabi, and make appropriate modifications to better address student misconceptions and expectations, and begin the process of building a sense of community.
Thursday, November 16, 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday, November, 17, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Please register through My Learning Connection.
Support for Online Course Development
The FCTL has instructional designers that are available to work with you throughout the course development process. They can assist you in using technology and creating an online or blended course that is of the same high standards as your traditional lecture-based course. For more information, email the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning or call (417) 836-3059.
For more information on any of these events and opportunities, please email the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.