The CourseConstellation Service Catalog is a collection of instructional design and technology related services that can be employed by each cohort leader to support the goals and objectives of their cohort.
All of the Instructional Design services are grounded in teaching for learning. The focus of the services offered by the senior instructional design specialists is on how to design successful learning experiences with the theories, practices, research and methodologies regarding how the adult learner develops deep understandings. With these considerations in mind, we work together to choose the tools and technologies that best support the most effective learning experience for your course specific outcomes.
Service Description: In this service we discuss what are learning objectives, why are they important, and why do we need them when we approach a new course design or a re-design of an existing course. You will be able to develop specific and measurable learning objectives for your course and create a plan for alignment of course content using Backward Design - one of the most popular frameworks for course design and development.
Service Description: This service offers a glimpse into the world of Open Educational Resources (OER). You will learn how to take advantage of free educational tools and resources and a practical knowledge of how to implement such resources in your online course. You will get familiar with platforms such as OpenStax, offering free textbooks, CreativeCommons, MERLOT- a platform of free lecture materials, assessments, instructions, etc.
Service Description: This service is focused on the implementation of adult learning theories and practices into the design of an online course. It provides an overview of our institutional template’s files, and the rational behind it. You will learn how to modify template’s files for your instructional materials in order to ensure your students retain the course material presented and build skills for transferring the acquired knowledge.
Service Description: This service is focused on strategies and tools for determining evidences of student learning. We discuss the following questions: "How would I know if my students have achieved the desired results?", "What do I accept as evidence of students understanding of the topic?" or simply: "How do I know they got it?". You will learn to create variety of assessments using Blackboard tools, develop rubrics for evaluation and efficiently grade on mobile devices with Blackboard Learn Grader App.
Service Description: This service is focused on principles of universal design for learning. You will be able to provide multiple means of representation to learners for acquiring information, variety of means of expression for demonstrating learning and opportunities for engagement to motivate your students. This service is designed broadly around the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) educational framework. You will get to experience a quick and easy way to use tools and techniques for providing accessible course materials.
Service Description: What is a synchronous learning and what are some of the ways to incorporate synchronous activities in the online course? Synchronous learning activities are built to provide an environment for immersive and engaging experiences. They allow for students from different locations to interact with each other, solving problems collectively, in groups and interact with the instructor in searching for guidance. The power of synchronous group learning is in the potential to learn from others, encounter new perspectives, strategies and ways of thinking during a simultaneous interaction. This service provides practical knowledge on using available tools in Blackboard for creating a virtual classroom experience, setting up virtual office hours, and utilizing Blackboard Collaborate tool for synchronous group work facilitated by you or designated moderator.
Below is an example of creating a one-of-a-kind virtual classroom developed by Harvard HBX. The goal of this video example is to inspire and motivate instructors to look for practical opportunities for creating synchronous learning activities and to exemplify the power of synchronous, social learning.
Service Description: This service is grounded into socio-cultural theories of new literacies. The discussion is centered around the needs of your students as social learners and their role in the new participatory culture of education. We explore tools and technologies for asynchronous learning in the cyber space. You will learn how to leverage social networks for learning and become familiar with the specific tools available in Blackboard such as the Discussion Board, Wikis, Blogs and Journals.
Please, go back and review the number of services selected. Each cohort is encouraged to select no more than two services at a time. You can always join an additional cohort if more services are needed. Contact our senior instructional designer for any additional accommodations:
Alex McDaniel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Taylor Kendal: email@example.com