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Guides and Tutorials

  1. 10 Online Teaching Tips (PDF)

    Consider these 10 essential suggestions for teaching an awesome online course, prepared by CATL instructional designers.

  2. Alignment of Outcomes and Assessments (Web)

    This guide, with examples, describes the process of aligning course outcomes, assessments and learning activities. The featured taxonomy table can be used as a convenient planning tool with which to visually chart the balance and alignment of course elements.

  3. Instructor Guide to Audio Recording (PDF)

    This page and a half document describes how to record audio for stand alone use or as narration for a web presentation.

  4. Instructor Guide to Screencasting (PDF)

    This brief document discusses tips and tools for creating screencasts (narrated demos or software tours).

  5. Multimedia Principles and PowerPoint (Web)

    This web page explains how to apply principles of cognitive load theory to the creation of instructional materials, with an emphasis on PowerPoint presentations (though the principles apply to almost any kind of multimedia or textual content).

  6. Online Course Planning Worksheet (Word document)

    This template, with examples and instructional notes, can help you plan a course. Use this worksheet to align objectives, assessments and content, as well as plan strategies for maintaining teaching presence and engaging students with significant learning experiences (activities). For a worksheet for individual modules or units, see our Module-Level Planning Worksheet.

  7. Online Course Syllabus Template (Word document)

    This Word document includes ready-made elements, with descriptive annotations, for an online course syllabus. The document includes placeholder text for outcomes; contact information; course description; expectations; various requirements; and recommended sections (e.g. succeeding as an online learner and access to specialized services.

  8. Using Jing in Your Teaching (PDF)

    This brief document offers tips and strategies for creating screencasts with the free application, Jing.

  9. UWL Online Course Evaluation Guidelines (PDF)

    These guidelines, developed by CATL staff, are intended to help instructors design, deliver and improve well-designed online courses.

  10. UWL Online Education Handbook (Google Doc)

    This reference document identifies policies and general information related to online education at UWL. The handbook is divided into two sections: Policies and Procedures, and Online Teaching Recommendations.

  11. Ways to Deter Cheating (Online Tutorial)

    This tutorial outlines various way to deter cheating in your assignment design.

  12. Ways to Present Content in an Online Course (PDF)

    One of the most effective ways to present content in an online course is through a combination of concepts, activities, and technologies. This document outlines examples of ways to help meet the objectives of each unit and to construct layers of content that meet the course objectives.

  13. Closed Captioning for Screencast-O-Matic (Web)

    This guide explains the process of closed captioning your screencasts or webcasts that you develop on Screencast-O-Matic.  

  14. Closed Captioning for YouTube (Web Video)

    This guide explains the process of closed captioning your screencasts, webcasts or videos that you upload onto YouTube.   

  15. Universal Design Guidelines for Online Course Design (Web)

    Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based framework that encourages a teaching and learning practice that is mindful of fostering an inclusive learning environment.  This guide describes the principles of UDL and provides examples of applying these principles into the design of your online course.