Lakehead is committed to creating accessible academic communities for diverse learners, and this site provides resources to help instructors design and teach an engaging, effective, fully online course.
- Each module (see list on left) follows the principles of universal design and, together, they walk instructors through the process of setting up an online course.
- To this end, each module includes an overview, criteria for required components, links to relevant resources, and recommended mycourselink/D2L course tools.
- You may wish to also view and bookmark our main mycourselink/D2L Support Page as it will include more resources on how to use the platform.
- Consider attending our upcoming online workshops. View a recording (Lakehead login required)
2. The Design Modules
The design modules have been adapted from the Universal Design -- Best Practices for Online Learning resource from the University of Guelph and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
- Learning outcomes
- Course Content/Materials
- Customizable tools and templates to import into your own course site.
- Guides and videos to help you design, edit, and incorporate content and activities
- Links to online programs that teach best practices for online teaching
- "How to Teach Online 101" is older and, while containing solid information, is less engaging than contemporary instructors would want for their own courses.
- "Teaching Online," a Coursera course from New South Wales, contains excellent information and exemplifies best practices.
- "Ontario Extend," a professional learning program designed to empower educators to explore a range of emerging technologies and pedagogical practices for effective online and technology-enabled teaching and learning.
- Experiencing these provides an instructive contrast in what is possible and what is preferable in online teaching.
- Consider joining this group where instructors familiar with Lakehead resources, students, and other local factors are supporting each other.
- Contains links to necessary policies, language, and resources for students that can/should be included in one's syllabus, course resources online, etc.