Online Course Design

In addition to workshops, the OIT-ELN provides course development and design support through its course template, course review and graphic design/new media offerings.

Course Templates

Course templates are available in both hybrid/blended and fully online formats. A course template is a pre-structured directory of “boilerplate” HTML files that can be installed in a BB-CE6 course shell course upon request (see a screenshot of the template front page below). In short, templates make it possible for faculty to worry less about course structure and design and more about course content, student assignments and interactions.

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The OIT-ELN encourages the use of templates for courses that are required of fully online or blended programs. The templates will deliver a level of consistency that is not only helpful to faculty but to students as well.

While the templates are optimized for use within Blackboard-CE6 and include built-in help and assignment features, DSU faculty are free to design courses as they see fit. Faculty who adopt the templates may freely alter them to suit their needs or the needs of their students. If you want your next course (or course iteration) to be template-based, complete the Request a Course Template form online.

Banner Templates

The Instructional Technology staff offers customized banners for DSU courses. If you are interested in staff creating a custom banner for your course, complete a graphic design assistance request. In the meantime, check out our sample gallery below.

Banner Gallery

 DSU Silver Course Banner


DSU Backdrop Banner


DSU Blue Course Banner


DSU Faculty Course Banner


DSU Faculty Impact Banner


DSU Faculty Photo Banner

 Course Reviews

The OIT-ELN provides formal and informal evaluations of online course instructional design, which are informed by teaching-and-learning theory, best practices, and nationally recognized models and criteria for online instruction.

The process is simple. If you are a DSU faculty member, you may request to have one of your courses evaluated by the university’s Manager of Instructional Technology. Evaluations come in two forms: formal and informal.

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The formal evaluation is a written review of the course based upon design criteria advocated by organizations, such as Maryland’s Quality Matters or the Monterey Institute’s OCEP. The informal evaluation is not written. Instead, faculty members schedule consultation time with the Director of Instructional Technology to discuss the course. The reviews are intended to assist faculty in meeting ADA, accreditation and copyright standards.

Graphic Design + New Media

You may also request some assistance with graphic design elements in your online courses. Through its student worker and intern prospects, the OIT-ELN will be able to support a limited number of faculty with course-related graphic-design projects, such as course banner and iconography development.

Additional media assistance takes the general form of application training and instruction provided through workshops, though OIT’s user support and media services staff assists faculty with several media capture (cameras, etc.) and delivery devices (projectors, etc.), as well.

As broadband Internet access increases and media resources become more readily available online, Delta State faculty are encouraged to utilize media (audio, video, animation, etc.) because media can be an effective means of illustrating concepts in a manner that is timely and relevant to students. Additionally, specific types of media appeal to specific learning styles. That is, carefully selected media may optimize an instructor’s chances of engaging students who might be otherwise uninterested in certain subjects. For example, this full episode of the PBS television program Charlie Rose (above; click the play button to start) might provide students in drama or literature courses with some insights on Shakespeare. If nothing else, hearing Al Pacino speak so passionately about his favorite Shakespearian roles and characters will get the attention of Scarface and Godfather fans.

This podcast of streamed from Internet Archive (of John F. Kennedy’s Moon Mission speecn) might be appropriate for students in science, history, speech or political science courses.

Both the video and the audio in this page are streamed via a Flash Player (the video player is courtesy of Google and the audio player is courtesy of Internet Archive). Users will need to have Flash Player running in their browsers to view this media, but it is likely that they already have it; for Flash is currently one of the most ubiquitous media plugins on the World Wide Web.

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