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Academic Writing

This “Academic Writing About Science & Technology” (ENGL-213) course, taught by Christie Hinrichs, uses WordPress both to deliver materials and invite student discussion.

Journalism

Robert Prince’s “Journalism 101: Media & Culture” uses role play and game mechanics to create a fictional world for students to explore as they work through course materials.

Health Issues in Domesticated Herds

Taught by Greg Finstad, this fully online course includes an assignment in which students conduct their own field necropsy.

Behavioral Neuroscience Lab

This Biology course, taught by Abel Bult-Ito, is conducted completely online, offering an intensive lab experience to online learners.

Research Writing

Sarah Stanley’s “Research Writing” course (ENGL-414) uses WordPress and an interactive, 360-degree space to deliver learning materials and assignments.

Is there an alternative to weekly module-based courses?

weaving strands This “Online Pedagogy” (ED-655) course is taught by Owen Guthrie, an instructional designer at UAF eLearning. The course is online, project-based, and centered around a Community of Inquiry.

How can I make my assessments meaningful?

older photo with ungulate and people standing around a corrallGreg Finstad’s “History of Alaskan Ungulates (HLRM-120) asks students to develop research projects that are later incorporated into the course as learning materials for subsequent semesters. The course is part of the High Latitude Range Management program, targeted primarily at rural students.

Can I assign hands-on work to students in my online course?

tagging herd animalIn “Health Issues in Domesticated Herds” (HLRM-170), students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of how to conduct a field necropsy by conducting their own field necropsy. Taught by Greg Finstad, this course is part of the High Latitude Range Management program, targeted primarily at rural students.

Can I create a lab-based course for online learners?

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-11-27-58-amThis “Behavioral Neuroscience Lab” taught by Abel Bult-Ito features biomedical research on compulsive-like mice, including behavioral data collection, data analysis, and interpretation of results. The course (BIOL-193) is conducted completely online, offering an intensive lab experience to online learners.

Digital Storytelling

Skip Via’s “Digital Storytelling” (ED-677) uses Google Sites to deliver course materials, Google Hangouts for synchronous sessions, and Google+ to build community in the cohort.

Online Pedagogy

This course, taught by Owen Guthrie, is online, project-based, and centered around a Community of Inquiry.

Geological Hazards

Jessica Larsen’s “Geological Hazards” course uses badging to recognize student achievements and case studies to connect student work to the real world.

History of Alaskan Ungulates

Greg Finstad’s “History of Alaskan Ungulates” asks students to develop research projects that are later incorporated into the course as learning materials for subsequent semesters.

2D Design

Madara Mason’s “2D Design” suggests a weekly schedule that students can use to work through course content and assignments. The course content is also made available on a weekly basis, so the instructor can control students’ pace as they move through the course.

Fundamentals of Graphics, Animation, Audio, and Video for the Web

Taught by Christen Bouffard, this course includes Tutorials and a Resources section, both available across the site via the main menu. The course’s weekly lessons are also thorough and clearly organized.

Website Design

“Website Design”, taught by instructional designer Janene McMahan, uses a simple homepage to direct student to module content.
This “Academic Writing About Science & Technology” (ENGL-213) course, taught by Christie Hinrichs, uses WordPress both to deliver materials and invite student discussion. Academic Writing

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Is there an alternative to Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Canvas, etc) for delivering my course?

cabin entry area shown with bubbles to click on for portal informationSarah Stanley’s “Research Writing” course (ENGL-414) uses WordPress and an interactive, 360-degree space to deliver learning materials and assignments. Class discussions are conducted in Slack, and group work uses a combination of tools, including Slack and Google Drive.

Can I deliver my entire class using Google Apps?

speaker at a lectern holding a textSkip Via’s “Digital Storytelling” (ED-677) uses Google Sites to deliver course materials, Google Hangouts for synchronous sessions, and Google+ to build community in the cohort. The course also incorporates a number of non-Google tools, including social media and social bookmarking.

Can I use WordPress for class discussions?

This “Academic Writing About Science & Technology” (ENGL-213) course, taught by Christie Hinrichs, uses WordPress both to deliver materials and invite student discussion. Class discussions use WordPress’s “comment” feature, which does not require students to sign-in or be familiar with WordPress.

How can I best organize content and resources in my course?

spaceman with reflection in helmet“Fundamentals of Graphics, Animation, Audio, and Video for the Web” (CITS-221), offered by eLearning instructional designer Christen Bouffard, includes Tutorials and a Resources section, both available across the site via the main menu. The course’s weekly lessons are also thorough and clearly organized.

How do I get students engaged with my course content?

Robert Prince’s “Journalism 101: Media & Culture” (JRN 101) uses role play and game mechanics to create a student world for students to explore as they work through course materials. Prince has created a fictional newspaper in which students are staff tasked with making decisions that demonstrate their understanding of the media climate.

Can I use some of Blackboard's helpful features, but conduct my course elsewhere?

In her “Website Design” (CITS-222) course, eLearning instructional designer Janene McMahan asks students to submit assignments via Blackboard, but uses a WordPress site to organize and deliver her course content, including weekly “Discussion Forums”.

How can I help students pace themselves as they move through my online course?

Madara Mason’s “2D Design” suggests a weekly schedule that students can use to work through course content and assignments. The course content is also made available on a week-by-week basis, so the instructor can control students’ pace as they move through the course.

How could I use badging in my course?

Jessica Larsen’s “Geological Hazards” course uses badging to recognize student achievements and case studies to connect student work to the real world.