Developing Your Course

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Learning Your Way Around Moodle

Moodle is software designed using sound pedagogical principles that helps educators create effective online learning communities. It is highly recommended that you become familiar, if not proficient, with Moodle prior to developing an online class. If you’re new to Moodle or need a refresher, we offer both in-person and online trainings and resources to help faculty acclimate. 

Site Building Resources

Lane has several resources already available to assist faculty who want a head-start on online course development. You will need to be logged into Moodle and/or your Lane Google Suite account to access some of the site building materials.

IDS Template: This template can be quickly added to any Moodle course. It provides fill-in-the-blank resources that can be customized to fit your needs and style while making sure that necessary policies and procedures are in place. It also provides a predictable setup of assignments for students.

Course Development Checklist: The CDC is to be used as a guide for the initial development of online courses. The checklist is used in collaboration with the Open SUNY Course Quality Review Rubric Report (OSCQR). 

Accessibility: Working with the Center for Accessible Resources, we use an ADA Compliance Checklist when working with full-course builds or rebuilds. All of this information is available for reference, and we can help build accessible content or assist in finding ways to convert inaccessible files.

Proctored testing: Lane offers proctored testing through Instructional Testing Services, which is one way to deliver timed or in-person exams for distance students. We also have information on how to provide proctored testing to online students logging in from outside of Lane County.
Instructional Testing Services
Test Proctoring

The Development Process

Now that you've become familiar with some of the common resources and tools, it's time to start building your course. Common practice is to start by creating the Welcome/ Introductory block then set up your weekly course structure. Once you have the structure laid out start working on resources (readings, videos, lectures) and activities (quizzes, assignments, group work, etc.) for Week 1. Use this format as your template for the rest of the term. The Open SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR) is an excellent resource for course building. Course building can be a daunting process–remember ID Services is here to help you every step of the way. 

Including Media

Media rich course can offer students an engaging experience. We have many resources to help you include digital media in your courses.

The Digital Media Center can work with faculty to design and record digital offerings that enhance your online delivery. Our instructional design team can work with you to coordinate how, when, and where more complex digital media may be appropriate in your course.

Media Captioning: Did you know recent studies show more than half of students in an online course will use video captioning to enhance their learning? We can help you make sure your videos provide clear, accessible, and accurate captions. Academic Technology [link] contracts with an outside captioning firm, and IDS can connect online faculty to their service.

Video recording: Need something beyond a screencast? The DMC offers advanced video recording capabilities. [link to DMC]

Gallery Showcase

What does a quality course look like? Lane Online Faculty are already producing excellent web content. See examples of their work, or read more about their processes, here.

Schedule a Site Building Session

Interested in talking more? Schedule a developing session here, and one of our team will be happy to support you in your next online endeavor – or to schedule a brief get-together just to answer your questions.
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Lane already boasts extensive tools and teams for assisting with planning any course. ID Services adds to this by expanding online options and technologies that can help with the specific challenges that face online delivery.


Support is available for faculty through the Academic Technology Center, in addition to individual mentoring with our ID team. Contact us today for more information, or find current drop-in hours here.