These resources and documents are designed to help you develop and design courses for online instruction.
These are resources that our instructional designers use to assist faculty. Cowles Library also has Effective Online Teaching: Foundations and Strategies for Student Success by Tina Stavredes in both hard copy and e-book.
To request assistance from one of our Instructional Technologists please use this link.
From University of Waterloo, Canada, this is an excellent resource providing practical online facilitation skills and strategies that are relevant, effective, and authentic.
Add a Textbook Search for your textbook in Blackboard to load a thumbnail image and pertinent details.
Adding New Items to Returning Courses This is specific to courses developed for Drake Online.
Course Map A course map, also referred to as a design or planning document, helps the instructor map out a course before building it in Blackboard. This pre-work provides a framework for designing the course with a focus on how the course components align.
Course Development Timeline (based on a 16-week cycle)
This document provides key milestones for creating a course for Drake University Online Programs based on a 16-week development cycle for Online Programs. This is intended to be a guide.
Learning Technology Resources
A list of commonly used technology for teaching and learning from Information Technology Services.
Services and Resources from Cowles Library
Cowles Library presents several ways to include readings, videos, recordings, photographs, etc. from Cowles Library in the Blackboard page for your online class.
Tips for organizing documents used in your course. A little work upfront saves time.
Upload Files to the Content Collection Getting started with the Content Collection.
Maintain the Content Collection Tips for cleaning up loose files in the Content Collection.
Update Syllabus and Schedule A one-page checklist with key information from other Content Collection tutorials.
Use Announcements Use your Course Room or create a recurring session for virtual office hours.
Subscribe to Discussion Forum Subscribe to any discussion forum to receive alerts of new activity, especially a Q&A Forum.
Returning Courses Instructor Notes A User-friendly checklist for preparing your course for a repeat offering.
Create and Edit Due Dates How to change dates for assignments.
Create and Edit Due Dates How to change dates for discussions.
Grade Discussions with Rubric 'Collect' posts to read as a conversation. If applicable, grade afficiently with a rubric.
Create a Panopto Folder This is required if students will record videos for the course.
Choose Test Options A reference guide with screenshots and descriptions. The last page includes a checklist.
Use the Test Options Checklist A two-page checklist for quick reference.
Create and Edit Due Dates How to change dates for tests.
Grade Discussions with Rubric 'Collect' posts to read as a conversation. If applicable grade efficiently with a rubric.
Submit Final Grades Submit Grades from Blackboard to Banner using Grades Journey.
Using Groups Create a Group Set and enable tools for group members. Link to a Group Set in your course. Add content to a Group Discussion Board.
Create and Edit Due Dates How to change dates for assignments, tests, discussions, and other course tools.
Best Practices for Making Videos Refer to this one-page summary of best practices to consider when making videos, particularly mini lectures.
Configure Panopto If you are going to record micro-lectures, presentations, demonstrations, or other recordings, start by configuring Panopto.
Use HotKeys in Panopto If you are recording with one screen, HotKeys help you avoid sharing a tunnel of repeated screens.
Link to Video You Recorded Add a recording you created to your course.
Using Panopto to Create or Share a Recording Use to instruct students how to share a recording they created.
NEW ONE-TIME STEP: If you have not logged into Zoom with your Drake credentials, sign in here with your Drake credentials now. This will create your account. You only need to do this one time.
After your account has been created, then you can use Zoom licensed through Drake University.
(Students) Use Collaborate Ultra in a Small Group - Link to this student tutorial if you want small groups of students to meet virtually using Collaborate Ultra. As a reminder, this tutorial applies if you use the Groups tool and give groups access to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra with the option to “Allow all group members to create and access session recordings."