Instructional Design
If you are considering teaching an online course or flipping your classroom, need to capture a lecture, preparing to teach an online/hybrid class, or simply want to produce digital materials for traditional classes, CIT has the resources to help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of instructional technology.

We are committed to delivering technology on your terms, as little or as much of it as you want. We believe you can benefit from technology without changing the way you teach. Let us show you how our tools and services can support your existing instructional processes.

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A Guide for Best Practices –
Pedagogical considerations in developing online and hybrid courses

Orienting your online students:

Do you send your students an email with access information before the course begins?

  • Yes/No

Which of the following instructions do you provide for students to access your online course

  • A link to the learning management system log in page
  • Information about obtaining usernames and passwords and, if necessary, technical support for course access issues
  • Instructions to select the link to your particular course once learners are logged in
  • Information about when the course will be available to learners
  • Instructions on what to do once learners get into the course

Check all the technical requirements and expectations you communicate in your online course.

  • minimum technical skills required to be successful in your online course
  • minimum technology requirements such as hardware, software, plug-ins
  • guidelines on where assignments should be submitted on Black Board,
  • guidelines on file naming conventions
  • guidelines on file formats for submissions

Check all the interaction and communication information you provide in your online course.

  • how frequently students are expected to log in to the course
  • netiquette expectations such as tone, civility, use of online abbreviations, spelling grammar
  • instructor response time on responses to email
  • instructor response time on discussion posts
  • instructor response time on assignment feedback
  • instructor response time posting of grades

Check all the information on student support services you provide in your online course.

  • Technical support
  • Accessibility services
  • Tutoring /advising

Check all ways in which the structure of the course is explained in your online course

  • Course schedule
  • Information on pacing
  • Information due dates
  • Information on various delivery modalities used
  • Information on various modes of communication used
  • Information on various types of online learning activities
  • Information on various assessment of learning (grading policy, rubrics)


Online course design

What are the various instructional material you provide in the online course?

  • Slides
  • Videos
  • Readings
  • Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Tests
  • Other

Do the tools in BlackBoard support your instructional materials?

  • To a Great Extent
  • Somewhat
  • Very Little
  • Not at All

Are the instructional materials you are using online accessible?

  • To a Great Extent
  • Somewhat
  • Very Little
  • Not at All


Assessment integrity:

Is the institution’s academic integrity policy clearly communicated to the students in your online course?

  • Yes/No

Which of the following strategies do you use to maintain assessment integrity in your online course?

  • Using multiple methods of online assessment
  • Setting time limits on online tests
  • Randomizing questions and answer choices in online tests
  • Placing each online test question on a separate page
  • Restricting what learners see after they take an online test
  • Using a “lockdown browser”
  • Using remote proctoring
  • Using plagiarism detection tools

What tools do you use for students to monitor their progress on BlackBoard?

  • Grade reports/Grade Center
  • Self-reflecting exercises
  • Other?