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Faculty Resources

These 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.


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 Map with Instructor Notes


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.  Instructors can add more time between steps if needed. The spirit of this process applies to any instructor teaching an online course.  Course Development Timeline Visual


How to Be a Better Online Teacher: Advice 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.


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