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April 14, 2020

K-State to launch Online Course Design Institute for faculty

Submitted by Grant Guggisberg

As was announced April 13, K-State will continue to offer coursework remotely throughout all of the summer sessions. With that in mind, K-State has created the Online Course Design Institute to support instructors as they transition new courses to the online modality.

The program includes a comprehensive checklist to guide the course design process and is customizable to each instructor's experience and comfort level with teaching online. Program elements also include:

  • A self-paced set of materials for instructors who want to work through course design steps on their own — housed in Canvas.
  • A cohort-based series of activities to be completed over four weeks — with repeated options throughout the summer — based on the Canvas site materials for instructors looking for more structure.
  • A set of synchronous virtual workshops and conversations on a range of topics that those designing an online course can choose to engage in; these will be recorded for faculty to view at a later point as well.
  • Continued one-on-one support through the automated calendaring system that launched in late March.

For those interested in the cohort model, there will be three opportunities to complete the program:

  • April 20-May 17
  • May 11-June 7
  • June 8-July 5

To register for the self-paced materials or to join one of the cohorts, visit airtable.com/shrIcNch81UGDJwqp.

The Online Course Design Institute was developed as a partnership between numerous units including Global Campus, the Teaching and Learning Center, iTAC and the Polytechnic Campus as well as other campus leaders. The institute replaces K-State Online Essentials previously offered to faculty.

Questions about this program can be directed to Katie Linder, executive director for program development at Global Campus, at kelinder@k-state.edu.