Thrown in the Deep End: Building an Online Course with Little Time

Concurrent Session 4

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Just got assigned to teach a course and limited on time? We’re here to help! Two experienced instructional designers will show how to get your course ready for the first day of class. We’ll share best practices, resources, checklists, and pitfalls to look out for when building your online course

Presenters

Kathleen Bulger is a Senior Instructional Designer with FIU Online in Miami, FL. Since 2012, Kathleen has collaborated with faculty to create interactive fully online and hybrid courses. She is a recipient of the 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award and numerous Quality Matters certifications. Her areas of expertise include implementing educational technologies that enhance student engagement and user interface design.
Sky V. King has been rocking the FIU Online Instructional Designer hat at Florida International University in Miami, FL since 2012. She promotes the use of best pedagogical practices and implementation of diverse forms of technology, yielding a positive online teaching experience for professors and engaging learning experience for students. Her areas of expertise include social media, gamification and user interface design. In her previous work life as a librarian, she was affectionately referred to as The Story Time Lady. She is also a seasoned Adjunct Instructor with FIU's Marketing & Logistics department. Her class (Marketing Yourself in a Global Marketplace) has earned an Affordability Counts medallion for adopting low-cost or OER course materials for students and the course has achieved Quality Matters certification.

Extended Abstract

Just got assigned to teach a course and limited on time?  We’re here to help! Two experienced instructional designers will show how to get your course ready for the first day of class. We’ll share best practices, resources, checklists, and pitfalls to look out for when building your online course. Whether you have 2 weeks or 2 months, we’ll help you get started with building a comprehensive online course.

The session will provide starting points when first designing your course. Some resources to consider will be the following:

  • Institutional resources such as relevant policies and instructional designers at your institution
  • Technical considerations such as LMS tutorial guides, support links, Disability Resources, LMS Support, and available student resources
  • Multimedia Resources such as free Icons, templates, educational technology tools
  • Various instructional resources such as textbook publishers, Open Education Resources and low-cost materials
  • Final checklist runthrough before the first day of class

Attendees will engage with other participants and leave with resources they can use to build an engaging online course.