Preparing to teach online at UIS involves several steps, including constructing the course components in the online environment using the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) and other tools.
Take some time to read about the areas listed below. COLRS also suggests at a minimum that you also review the Pedagological Considerations information. COLRS instruction specialists are available for faculty consultation and support. Please contact us today to set up a meeting (virtual or on campus).
- Student Learning Outcomes
- Content Resources
- Contacting Students
- Peer Mentors
- Course Evaluation Process at UIS | All blog posts about course evaluations
- Final Grade Submission
- Proctored Exams
As part of the course design process you will need to think about how to handle any accessibility issues that students may encounter in a online environment. Some of the resources listed below should provide you with some concrete solutions.
- Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA)
- UIS Office of Disability Services
- UIS Disability Statement for Syllabi
- Accessible Template for UIS Online Courses [MS Word]
General Accessibility Resources
- A Course Accessibility Checklist
- 10 Tips for Creating Accessible Online Content (Recorded Webinar)
- 7 Tips and 7 Principles for Accessibility and Universal Design from PennState
- 6 Great Accessibility Resources for Improving Your Online Course from Blackboard
- Vickie Cook’s Presentation “Accessibility of Online Classes by Design
- DO-IT publication that could be basis of a plan — Real Connections: Making Distance Learning Accessible to Everyone
- Legal Obligations for Accessibility from CAST.org
- Accessibility considerations for online courses from Access IQ
- A Designer’s Guide to Accessibility and 508 Compliance
- Boise State University Report: Recommendations to Promote Online Course /Content Accessibility by Christine Bauer
- Perhaps the best discussion. Note the appendix: A Working Model for Complying with Accessibility Guidelines for Online Learning by Cifuentes, Janney, Guerra, and Weir
- Quality Matters Accessibility Policy for Online Courses
Videos in Online Courses: Captioning and Displaying for Students
- Adding captions to videos hosted on YouTube
- Video: creating subtitles & closed captions on YouTube
- Posting Videos in UIS Online Courses
Create Accessible Documents
- Make Word documents accessible
- Make PowerPoints accessible
- Make Excel spreadsheets accessible
- Create and verify PDF accessibility
- Convert scanned PDFs and photos to text in Google Docs
- PDF Accessibility Resources from Portland Community College
About Screen Readers
- Screen Reader on PDF scanned as Image video (30 seconds)
- Screen Reader on PDF scanned with Optical Character Recognition (but not tagging for reading order) video
- Screen Reader on PDF Optical Character Recognition and Tagged for Reading Order video (50 seconds)
- Using JAWS Screen Reader with Blackboard
Screen Reader Tools
- Free Screen Reader from NaturalSoft
- Free NVDA Screen Reader
- PowerTalk speaks any presentation running in Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows
Speech Recognition Tools
- Download Chrome Speech Recognition Add-on
- Speech Recognition Add-on for Google Docs on Chrome How-to Video
Student Learning Outcomes
Institutions can demonstrate that their programs and curriculums are effective with goal alignment to course content and activities.
Not all course content necessarily needs to be developed from scratch. There are many sources that provide relevant and valid content that you may either link to or import into Blackboard.
“A place to view and share education material made of small knowledge chunks call modules”
A free resource with links to online learning materials, peer reviews, and assignments. Designed primarily for higher education.
- Federal Resource for Educational Excellence
“Teaching and learning resources from federal agencies”
- Wisconsin Online Learning Object Repository
“A digital library of Web-based learning resources called learning objects”
- Gateway to 21st Century Skills
Comprehensive resources for lesson planning. Designed for K-12 teachers.
- Virtual Library Museums Pages
“A comprehensive directory of on-line museums and museum-related resources”
- Virtual Labs and Simulations
Links to digital simulations of physics principles.
It is very important for students to know where, when, and how to start their online class. COLRS has provided a sample letter that you may use to send to your students. All you have to do is copy the text below.
January 3 , 2014
Dear PAC 442 Class Member:
Welcome to our online class! We should have an interesting time this semester. I hope you will learn much about the Internet, methods and modes of communication through the ‘net, efficient ways to find what you are looking for on the ‘net, and possible futures for this medium of communication. I do not plan for our class to meet in person as a class. All of our lectures, discussions, office visits, and final presentations can be done online. But, of course, I am happy to meet with anyone who wants to come to campus to my office at HRB-78.
I have put our class syllabus, all of our class readings (via hyperlinks), our discussion board, and some announcements at our virtual classroom site at http://bb.uis.edu (Note that there is no “www” in that). You’ll need to login to the Blackboard server and gain access through the course catalog on that site or the hyperlink under the portal heading “My Classes”. Your username logon for Blackboard is your NetID. For more information on UIS NetIDs or to look up your NetID visit http://www.uis.edu/informationtechnologyservices/techsupport/passwords/. If you have never established a Blackboard password, your password for Blackboard will be the same password that you establish for your NetID. Passwords can also be set from the same web site mentioned above. If you have used Blackboard in the previous semester, the login and password you established will not have changed. If you need assistance with your NetID or Password, please contact UIS TechSupport .
The http://bb.uis.edu site will be our “home” on the web for the term. You will be expected to visit our site at least once every week during which classes are in session. All of the lectures and readings for the term are already posted. You are to “participate” in class by posting at least one response to each “question of the week” which I will place on the discussion board each Monday. For full participation credit, you are encouraged to make additional postings. You may post your responses anytime during the week (day or night; weekday or weekend). You will post your final paper on the discussion board as well.
I will be available to you in a variety of ways:
You may come to my office HRB-78 – note this is a recent change (I am generally in during regular office hours, though I have lots of meetings).
You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may “IM” (instant message) me at RaySchroed using the AOL Instant Messenger (free download at http://www.aol.com/aim )
You may telephone me at 217-206-7531.
I really look forward to communicating with you this semester! Suggestions are always welcome. See you on the Internet!
Professor of Communication
Some UIS instructors may require proctored exams. When a UIS online student needs to take an exam, he or she will be required to make arrangements in advance for the exam to be proctored (supervised). Instructors may require the use of in-person proctors or online video proctors using Examity.