Teaching Online at Truman –
Planning for Quality and Success
What make Online Course Delivery so Different?
We want you to be successful in redesigning and designing quality online courses here at Truman. As mentioned in the video, you have the subject matter expertise, now you need the proper information, new skill sets, and support to get your course constructed in a way that ensures a positive and successful outcome for all.
The best way to start becoming an online teacher is to complete training as an online student. Truman requires the completion of Quality Matter’s workshop, Teaching Online: An Introduction to Online Delivery (TOL).
To take your class online, there are proposals to write, forms to complete and a syllabus review process.
- Review those requirements at the Institute’s intranet site.
- Contact VPAA Kevin Minch for help in navigating this process.
In the fall of 2019, the Provost, the Academic Deans, all Governance groups, and many support teams and offices moved to endorse the use of the Quality Matters Rubric as Truman’s standard of online course quality assurance.
- Learn more about Quality Matters on their website
- Get a Truman QM Account to access restricted resources on the QM site by emailing the Institute for Academic Outreach.
- Learn more about the rubric and its key features; or log-in and download your own copy of the QM Higher Ed Course Design Rubric (6th ed)
- Learn more about the QM Process at Truman
- Become a certified QM Peer Reviewer by completing additional training.
- Access additional resources, articles, colleagues, and more related to QM quality assurance.
Truman strives to remove barriers to learning in such a way that course materials, activities, and interactions are accessible to all, and in the event that barriers can’t be adequately removed, that accommodations are appropriately afforded.
A huge variety of platforms, technology tools, and software can be utilized to help you build a course that provides the proper structure, community, interaction, and assessment opportunities for a successful course.
- Blackboard – Truman’s official learning management system (LMS)
- Zoom – Video Conferencing and lecture capture
- Proctorio – Automated online proctoring tool
- Films On Demand – Streaming, licensed films, movies, & videos
- Google Apps for Education – Collaborative tools for documents, spreadsheets, presentations, calendars, and much more.
- Virtual Desktop – Truman’s classroom & lab image – making licensed software, library resources, and network drives available from anywhere.
- Other Specialty Software – Information on what software is approved/available and how to request new items
- For more specific recommendations, consulting and support, please contact the Learning Technologies & Instructional Design Team directly: firstname.lastname@example.org | 660-785-7750
Three offices form the primary foundation of support for online teaching and learning at Truman, with a host of additional people and departments working to support a successful online experience. These departments’ individual websites host a wealth of information to help answer questions and provide the support and information you need.
- Director – Diane Richmond
- 660-785-7750 | email@example.com | PML205
- Director – Dana Vazzana
- 660-785-4392 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Helpful Offices –
- Blackboard System
- Administrator – Sherry Dare
- email@example.com | 660-785-4026
- IT Service Center/Help Desk –
- 660-785-4544 | PML203
- Office of Student Access and Disability Services
- Director – Julie Sneddon
- (660) 785-4478 | firstname.lastname@example.org | KB114A
- Pickler Memorial Library
Resources to Share with Students
- Orientation to Online Learning – This interactive module can be installed in your Blackboard course. For more information and complete instructions, log into the Blackboard course Online Teaching Workspace and navigate to the Online Orientation Module tab.
- Student Tech Tips and Getting Help Guide (should be copied into course shell and/or syllabus)
- Tips & Strategies for the Successful Online Learner
- Proctorio Student Guide
- Blackboard Information for Students
- Online One Stop – Truman’s website of campus services, offices and policies for online students
- QM Bill of Rights for Online Learners
- Educause’s Library of Online Teaching Strategies
- Iowa State’s Guide to Writing Course Goals & Learning Objectives
- Oregon State’s Guide to Creating and Maintaining Instructor Presence
- UC Berkeley’s Guide to Rubrics
- U of Cincinnati’s Guide to Effective Discussion Forums
- The Chronicle’s Guide to Providing Better Feedback