NOTE: The University will be discontinuing this course on October 31, 2022. Please enroll today.
This USD course is the winner of the 2021 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Training & Professional Development. By the end of it, participants will be able to plan, design, and develop a basic asynchronous online course using an evidence-based instructional design framework for distance and online learning within the Blackboard learning management system. Participants will be introduced to an instructional design framework, known as Backward Design, to help them develop their own course in an asynchronous online modality. Participants will work backwards to design and develop their course beginning with the learning outcomes and ending with instructional activities and course materials. The course will consist of hands-on course planning and design activities to prepare for an asynchronous online format.
Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours
Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for anyone who would like to transition and strengthen their curriculum for remote/online teaching, using Blackboard LMS, including higher education faculty and any K-12 schools that use Blackboard as their LMS.
Course Materials: No textbook requirement
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