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The best tool for teaching your students is the one you have access to and know how to use. While the list of possible tools is simply too long to post here, we encourage you to visit the ID Open Consultation Hours which occur weekly and can be found on the CTLD Events Calendar. There you can work one-on-one with an Instructional Designer to determine the right tool for the job at hand. We are happy to explore options, and train you on your tool of choice.
The CTLD isn’t aiming to be your one-stop shop for all things related to teaching, learning, instructional design and technology. That said, we have a lot of tech-savvy, education-oriented folks on staff, so if you have specific questions you should come chat during the ID Open Consultation Hours which occur weekly and can be found on the CTLD Events Calendar. “How should I use them?” is a much more interesting question and I think you’ll find many of us are interested in discussing that.
The CTLD believes deeply in the key role Affiliate Faculty play at MSU Denver, and we wish to support those faculty however we can. The most important message is that we always hope Affiliate faculty will engage in CTLD. This includes times when we partner with faculty (to run a faculty learning community, for example). Those opportunities are also open to faculty of all categories.
For recent efforts at the CTLD to engage with Affiliate Faculty, please check out our programs and events pages. Otherwise, please know that we welcome all kinds of faculty in our programs and events.
Watermark FS (formally Digital Measures) is the portfolio system used by MSU Denver. You can find more information of the portfolio process, workshops, and more under the Faculty Affairs website.
You can also directly log into Watermark FS here.
To determine accessibility of materials, we encourage you to review your content using some simple questions. If you answer “no” to any of these questions (or aren’t sure), your content may be inaccessible. To get you started, here are some of the simplest questions you can use:
Is my textbook (or other physical book) accessible?
Is my digital document accessible?
Is my video or multimedia content accessible?
Accessibility deals with the ability of a user to retrieve, engage with and benefit from something independently, without needing to ask for a modification or alternative format. Accessibility proactive, happening before any specific person is involved.
Accommodation is a reactive approach to provide access to a specific individual based on a request to adjust or modify a product or environment.
Taken to an extreme, perfect accessibility would make accommodation obsolete. However, that ideal is essentially unreachable. For example: Even an online quiz that meets all accessibility standards will still require extra time to complete with a screen reader, or without the use of a mouse. The accommodation of extended time is still important and necessary.
All instructional materials must be accessible. This means that anyone, regardless of their ability, can fully engage with the content without major alteration. Accessibility is distinct from accommodation, as discussed in another FAQ.
The best way to become familiar with accessibility requirements is to attend some (or all) of the workshops on accessibility offered by the CTLD Instructional Accessibility Group. Please explore the CTLD events calendar to see upcoming workshops.
For more formal reading about the specifics of Accessibility requirements please reference the following topics: Web Accessibility Content Guidelines 2.0; The Marrakesh Treaty; The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Sections 504 & 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
There is no one on campus who has the job remediating inaccessible content for others, meaning all faculty and staff are responsible for correcting their own materials. Fortunately, the Instructional Accessibility Group in the CTLD provides training and guidance for anyone on campus. Please review the guides on the CTLD Instructional Accessibility website. If you have additional questions, please contact Instructional Accessibility.
You heard correctly! On a regular basis, the Online, Teaching, Learning, and Access Committee reviews institutional priorities for course development and schedules courses within our two course development cycles. In addition to these identified courses, requests are welcome and can be submitted to Matt Griswold for consideration by the committee. Every faculty member that leads the process of course improvement qualifies for a significant stipend, and payments are made after the Peer Review of Online Course Excellence Subcommittee agrees the course meets MSU Denver Online Course Design Standards.
Unlike the model you might find at other institutions, MSU Denver’s Instructional Design Group only works in a collaborative process with faculty, who are fully in charge of the course development process. The faculty member gets the support of dedicated instructional experts who help them think carefully and systematically about the most effective ways to design, develop, and deliver instructional materials.
As a part of each project, faculty members receive support with the learning management system, creating instruction and assessment materials, multimedia development in a full media production studio (which includes green screen, sound booths, and more), adoption and/or creation of Open Educational Resources (OERs), and continuous improvement reviews of their courses using national and institutional standards.
As you can tell, this long-term, collaborative work is not something we can offer on a drop-in basis. The ID Group has two course development cycles per year. The fall cycle begins in August and the spring cycle begins in January. Which courses (and thus, which faculty) are included in each cycle is determined by the Online, Teaching, Learning, and Access Committee, which reviews institutional priorities for course development and schedules courses within our two course development cycles. In addition to these identified courses, requests are welcome and can be submitted to Matt Griswold for consideration by the committee.
The Instructional Media Team oversees and runs the Instructional Media Studio, which is a major tool in the course development process (described in FAQ Instructional Design above). The studio includes a green screen video area and two sound booths and is used heavily throughout most parts of the course development cycles. It isn’t usable in a DIY fashion, nor do we have the resources to accept on-demand requests for studio time by faculty. If you would like to use the media studio to improve your course, requests are welcome and can be submitted to Matt Griswold for consideration by the relevant committee (see FAQ Instructional Design above).
We sure can! MSU Denver uses a video hosting platform called YuJa. YuJa can itself be used to record videos, can accept videos created in other programs, and is directly compatible with our Learning Management System. With these tools you will be able to record introductions, assignment instructions, lectures, tutorials, etc.
We have a DIY (Do It Yourself) Media Recording Guide that we hope you will find useful. Keep in mind that there are also many other people around the world doing this kind of recording, so the internet is packed with good advice and neat ideas on this topic.
The Center for Teaching, Learning and Design’s Instructional Design Team has many resources available to help support faculty.
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