Whether you are teaching online for the first time or it’s “old hat,” the information on this page is intended to help you get your online class off to a great start for both you and your students.
At the Center for Integrated Professional Development, we can provide you with the support you need to help insure that your online course is a quality learning experience for students and a rewarding instructional experience for you, as well.
Here are important steps for you to take as you approach the beginning of your online course, including the steps you will need to take if you are planning to use Canvas:
Make sure your course(s) appear(s) in Canvas. See your course listings. You will not have to make a request for your courses or student uploads since ReggieNet is tightly integrated with the University’s student information system. Course sites will be created automatically for all sections, and students will also be added to courses automatically. A course will not be visible to students until the instructor publishes the course. Consult the ReggieNet Start Your Semester page for more information.
Finish getting your online course ready to go live. We recommend planning your course using the Lessons tool in ReggieNet. Before you start creating lessons, you may want to plan out your modules/lessons using the Course Outline Worksheet. If you are new to online teaching, please contact the Center for consultations or other professional development opportunities.
Before you publish your course site, please make sure that your online syllabus is clear and includes all information for students’ success. Use the online syllabus checklist to reflect on all elements of your online course.
You may want to review the Quality Matters Rubric, which provides guidance for designing the various elements of your online course. As members of Quality Matters, we have a full, annotated copy of the rubric available for Illinois State University faculty and staff.
If you are new to Canvas, consult the Canvas Instructional Support. If you need technical support with Canvas or pedagogical support for online teaching, contact a member of the Center staff at ProDev@ilstu.edu. We offer one-on-one consultations and a wide range of workshops. You'll find a link to our full workshop schedule on the Events and Workshops page.