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Written by Brian C. Moon, UAB Center for Teaching and Learning

How To. With online courses, it is important that students always have a clear understanding of what is expected of them and how they should properly progress through the course. This is also important for any materials that are distributed via Canvas for traditional face-to-face courses, but for online students, a course lacking sufficient guidance and information can be particularly stressful and problematic for both the student and the instructor. In this "How-To" we'll be looking at Canvas modules, and some suggestions as to how you can best organize them for your courses.

Written by Brian C. Moon, UAB Center for Teaching and Learning

How To. Many factors make a course worthy of being called a “quality” online course. Organizations such as Quality Matters, the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C), and iNACOL (K-12 focus) develop standards for measuring the quality of online courses. Within the College of Arts and Sciences, we primarily use the Quality Matters Rubric when reviewing courses. This review process can be time-consuming and arduous, so we wanted to provide you with a (relatively) short list of things to take into account when developing your online course. This list is not meant to replace a more detailed course review, but rather give you a place to start.

 

Written by Brian C. Moon, UAB Center for Teaching and Learning

How To.

The process of developing an online course can be a difficult one, especially if the instructor has never developed a course for online delivery. While many years of classroom experience can be useful for understanding the course objectives, all aspects of the course will need to be re-examined and developed for online delivery. This short checklist will give you a broad overview of the course development process and the expected timeline.

aimIn Spring 2017, ten faculty members at UAB implemented plans specifically designed to reduce the amount of money their students spend on textbooks for their courses. Supported by the CTL’s Affordable Instructional Materials Grant (AIM) and funded in partnership with the UAB Bookstore, each faculty member received a $1,000 professional development stipend to propose and implement a plan for one of their courses. The approaches were varied and creative. The total amount of money actually saved by students in these professors’ classes was $269,055.83, over $92,000 more than had been estimated in their original grant proposals.

The faculty members have committed to using these same measures with their classes in the Fall 2017 Semester and going forward, and as a result, these savings will only continue to increase. See below for information on what they did to save their students money.

If you would like to save your students money on textbooks or learn more about the CTL’s Affordable Instructional Materials Grant, see the faculty stories below or contact the CTL at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also, check out this article from UAB's eReporter about our 2017 grant recipients.


Faculty Stories

Dr. Maria Hopkins
Associate Professor of Psychology

Number of Students Impacted: 80
Total Money Saved: $14,800 per semester
Method: Used an earlier, lower-cost edition of the course textbook as well as self-developed online resources in Canvas.


Dr. Mitzy Erdmann
Chemistry Instructor

Number of Students Impacted: 1500
Total Money Saved: $180,000 over 2 semesters
Method: Developed original, course-specific materials and used online resources in Canvas rather than using pre-published lab manuals.


Dr. Christopher Minnix
Assistant Professor of English

Number of Students Impacted: 208
Total Money Saved: $8,320 per semester
Method: Adopted a lower-cost textbook as well as offering a rental option for course materials.


Dr. Samiksha Raut
Assistant Professor of Biology

Number of Students Impacted: 81
Total Money Saved: $9,558 per semester
Method: Worked with the textbook publisher to create more affordable versions of the course materials.


Dr. Jacqueline Nikles
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Number of Students Impacted: 344
Total Money Saved: $15,480 per semester
Method: Developed course-specific digital materials for delivery in Canvas at no cost to the student rather than using pre-published lab manuals.


Dr. Dale A. Dickinson
Associate Professor of Public Health

Number of Students Impacted: 84
Total Money Saved: $7,056 per semester
Method: Adopted no-cost, digital course materials to replace high-cost textbooks.


Annetta Dolowitz
Instructor of Business

Number of Students Impacted: 30
Total Money Saved: $4,740 per semester
Method: Worked with the publisher to create digital course materials to replace high-cost textbooks.

Dr. Barbara Wech
Associate Professor of Public Health

Number of Students Impacted: 36
Total Money Saved: $8,136 per semester
Method: Adopted no-cost, digital course materials to replace high-cost textbooks.


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