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Potsdam Prepared: COVID-19 Updates

Moodle and Distance Learning

New day, new tools.

It’s a new day and the new “Classroom-experience” requires us to use online tools and platforms more than ever before.  We can help you with that!  Weather you’re teaching on campus or asynchronously online, taking full advantage of the various tech tools available to you can only strengthen your courses.  They’ll not only expand the scope and depth of teaching and learning, but can provide incredible flexibility to students and instructors alike.  After reviewing the resources below, if you find you need further assistance, please contact us at cci@potsdam.edu to open a support ticket.

 

What is Moodle?

Moodle is an LMS (Learning Management System) that allows users to deliver content and instruction through a private website. Faculty can create individual Moodle courses for both their on-site classes and for their online courses. Among other things, Moodle allows faculty to post lectures, videos, assignments, discussion forums, quizzes, and questionnaires.


Ready to login to Moodle? Go to moodle.potsdam.edu.

Need help with Moodle?

We have many resources ready for you!  Instructors can use the I want to Moodle site to access video tutorials, tools, and links to free web-resources that cover how to use Moodle.  In addition, you’ll find guidance on Instructional Design principles that will help you create a “user-friendly” learning environment.  Please also visit Copyright and Moodle for important information on the use of materials. If you still need help or have a Moodle issue, please contact the CCI.

Students
Students can access “getting-started” tutorials directly from the Moodle homepage.  Also, they can find online learning information at Online & Hybrid Courses.  If your having username/password problems, contact itservicedesk@potsdam.edu.

**Support staff are available to respond to requests Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm. Your request will be address by staff as soon as is possible.

 

How can I teach online?

The CCI empowers faculty to engage with their students. Whether you want to enhance a campus-based (on-site) course, create a hybrid course, or develop a fully-online course, CCI staff will support you. In addition to using the resources found in the “Need help with Moodle” section above, you can schedule an appointment for instructional design, course design, or Moodle support by contacting the Distance Learning Coordinator at online@potsdam.edu.  If you’re interested in developing a Distance Learning (DL) course, before it can be added to the course catalog, you’ll need to go through a certification process which includes help developing the course and training for delivering it online (see Need to certify an Online Course below). To help you prepare to teach a DL course, the campus offers an Online Pedagogy: Design for Online Learning course.  Please visit the CCI events page regularly to find information on the next course offering.

By the way, faculty members who teach DL courses report that they not only had a wonderful experience, but also noted an improvement in their on-site courses. When you deliver a DL course, you do not change the content, but you do change how you deliver that content and how you interact with your students.

Reasons to teach online:

  • Provide access to non-traditional students
  • Learn online pedagogy
  • Improve pedagogy in on-site (face-to-face) courses
  • Incorporate online resources into all of your courses
  • Learn new, or update current, technology skills
  • Conduct educational research regarding teaching and learning
  • Affords convenience, yet remains challenging and rewarding

Need to certify an Online Course?

If you plan to deliver a Distance Learning course, you must submit an Intent Packet, which includes an Intent to Develop and Deliver form to DLProposal@potsdam.edu at least 30 weeks before the target date of delivery. If approved, an Instructional Designer will contact you to establish a course development timeline and will assist you in developing the course.  The DL Course Approval Process Infographic walks you through the entire process, and you can find comprehensive guidelines and policies at Policies and Procedures for Online Course Development.

Intent to Develop and Deliver FORMMac Users: Do NOT open the form in Preview. Open the file in Finder, Ctrl+click the file, select Open With; select Adobe Acrobat.

Please Note:

  • You will need a complete syllabus for the course, which includes a course schedule as part of the Intent Packet. A syllabus for an online course is a little different from a traditional on-site syllabus! For assistance with the syllabus, contact online@potsdam.edu.
  • Faculty that have secured DL Credentials may submit their Intent Packet within a shorter timeframe. To be credentialed, the faculty member must have completed the campus’s PTOL seminar (or equivalent) and taught at least one semester online with no substantive complaints.

What is Instructional Design?

Instructional Design is the systematic development of instruction that most effectively facilitates the transfer of knowledge, skills, and attitude to learners. Instructional Designers carefully consider how students learn and what materials and methods will help them achieve their academic goals. The principles of instructional design address the design, creation, and delivery of educational tools to any learning group. Instructional Design principles enhance learning at every level: a Moodle course, a campus course, a lecture, or even a single assignment.

Whether you need general support to enhance your Moodle course or are looking for detailed instructional design support to develop a fully online course, the CCI staff are here to support you. Forward your questions or schedule a one-on-one appointment by emailing online@potsdam.edu.