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November Best Practices Webinar

The Curriculum and Instructional Design (CID) team is happy to announce this month’s webinar in the Best Practices series for online course development.

Title:  Accessibility in online course design

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

Please Register by Monday, November 16, 2015

You will receive the webinar link via email before the webinar.

Visit the Best Practices Workshop Series Mahara page to learn more

Questions? Contact


October Workshop

Best Practices Workshop Series

The Curriculum and Instructional Design team is happy to announce this month’s webinar in the Best Practices series for online course development.

Title:  Universal Design for Learning
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

Please Register by Monday, October 19th.

You will receive the webinar link via email before the webinar.

Visit the Best Practices Workshop Series Mahara page to learn more

Questions? Contact


Online Course Development Webinars

This year again, the Curriculum and Instructional Design (CID) team will offer a series of monthly webinars titled Online Course Development Webinars beginning in September that will run throughout the academic year. Though sessions were created for online course developers, all are open to any interested instructors, developers or staff.  Please view the flyer for more details and schedule. If you would like to register early or view last year’s recordings, please visit our CID Team Workshop Series website.

Once the academic year begins, we will post details of each month’s offerings on exchange, the CML website, CID team blog, and developer training course.

Best Practices Workshop Series Recordings Available

The Curriculum and Instructional Design team in the Center for Distance Learning ran a workshop/webinar series during the 2014-2015 academic year titled “Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention”. The workshop series had two tracks. The Online Teaching Workshops were intended for adjunct instructors; however, everyone was welcomed. The Course Development Workshops were targeted toward course developers and anyone curious about online course design.

This workshop series was based on current research, with the goal of providing attendees with practical materials, fresh ideas and skills to use in their teaching and design practice. The webinars were recorded for later viewing. The series attracted 131 participants from across the college.

Below are the webinar titles offered. To see the full webinar descriptions or view the recordings, please visit the Best Practices Workshop Series Website (opens in new window).

  • A motivated student stays at school: Incorporating motivational strategies into online teaching
  • At the end of this course, you should be able to…: Writing learning objectives
  • Incorporating interactive strategies into your online course
  • “How we design” series – Understanding by Design: Setting goals first
  • Assess to improve, assess to measure: Formative and summative assessments
  • Think outside the quiz: Authentic assessment
  • “How we design” series – Significant learning experiences
  • A student-centered approach: Constructivism in online teaching
  • Teaching adult learners
  • Time on task: Helping retain busy students through effective course design
  • Providing constructive feedback
  • Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn: Strategies for engaging your students
  • Facilitating online discussion
  • Creating a sense of community in your online course
  • Effective written communication in the online environment
  • Time on task: Helping retain busy students and staying sane in the process
  • Recognizing and helping a struggling student

Stay tuned for a new series of course development workshops next year on topics such as: Steps for building a course, Universal Design for Learning, Quality Matters, Rubrics, Setting clear expectations, Copyright, and Elaboration instructional design model.

Online Courses Moving to Moodle

screen shot of Moodle page

Example of Moodle course page

In anticipation of Empire State College’s adoption of the open-source learning management platform Moodle 2, Ellen Marie Murphy, Director of Online Curriculum at CDL, gave a demonstration of the software on September 22nd. Well attended by CDL faculty and staff, the presentation provided an overview of the platform’s capabilities and offered a snapshot of what a course might look like in Moodle. The system is versatile, user-friendly and offers countless options for collaboration and incorporating media. The date of course conversion from ANGEL to Moodle has not yet been announced, but expectations are for fall of 2012. For those who were not able to participate on the 22nd, the presentation is available via Elluminate here. Approximate length: 30 minutes. (Actual presentation begins about 5 minutes in, due to audio adjustments).

NOTE: Murphy demonstrated her own Moodle2 examples. The Empire State College version may differ somewhat, but not significantly.

Shared Learning in a Wiki-mediated Environment

At CDL, we strive to offer our online students opportunites to work openly and collaboratively whenever possible. To promote a community of inquiry for student team projects, a wiki-mediated learning environment model was designed and it has worked successfully in learning activities across several disciplines. The wiki activities from four individual courses can be explored below. In these examples students contributed content and shared knowledge by co-creating artifacts and writing collaboratively, while the instructor served as co-collaborator, facilitator, and content expert.

Student satisfaction was high and outcomes demonstrated enhanced quality, creativity and participation when compared to outcomes of similar activities conducted in more traditional environments. A class discussion board provided a format for formative and summative peer review and feedback, which was a motivating factor. Each wiki-mediated learning activity let students demonstrate how they worked together to present a unified project with clear meaning and the use of multimedia. A bonus for instructors: the transparency of the wiki environment charted student growth and development over time.

screen shot from Information Systems wiki

Exploring the Disciplines: Information Systems – Developer: Jianhao Chen

Introduction to College Studies

Introduction to College Studies – Developers: Craig Lamb and Alice Lai

Advanced Health Assessment

Advanced Health Assessment – Developer: Teresa Smith

Communications for Professionals

Communications for Professionals – Developer: Susan Oaks


Get Glogging! Go on, Poster Yourself!

Students in the Play, Fantasy and Reality course use Glogster to keep a 15-week reflective journal.  In week 15, the final week of the course, they re-read their Glog Journal and create a second Glog to describe their “play” throughout their life.  Glogging is a new way to create posters on the web – it’s fun, and free for students.

Glogging allows the expression of opinions, feelings and ideas in a way that isn’t possible with the use of mere words. Students can add background images and themes, graphical representations, photos, titles, audio, links and videos.  After a Glog is created, students publish and share theirs with classmates.

UPDATE: Glogster was removed from the course because the company began charging for use. In addition, the application is not ADA compliant.