OTHER RESOURCES

A list of resources outside of NDSU that you may find useful.

Other Resources for Faculty

Many of the most successful educational endeavors are collaborative efforts. You don't have to work alone and you do not need to reinvent the wheel; there are resources available to help you find answers to your questions or learn more about teaching. Here is a list of resources outside of NDSU that you may find useful.

 

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I turn my face-to-face course into an online course?

In general, your curriculum will require some redesign in order to take advantage of the unique online learning environment. The degree to which course materials and resources will need to be redesigned will vary according to the type and complexity of the course. See the "Course Design" section  for help preparing your course materials. Additionally, personalized assistance is available from the Office of Teaching and Learning; we have staff that can work directly with you to prepare your materials.

 

How do I know that my students are understanding the material? How do I know my students are participating?

In general, many of the same principles of engaging student interaction and monitoring learning that instructors rely upon in the traditional classroom are also true online. Provide opportunities, and even require that students submit evidence of their participation (either through live chat or discussion board posts or even through written work) and provide multiple forms of assessment (quizzes, projects, reflection papers or essays). For detailed information, the following portions of this site are especially recommended:

 

How do I assess my students?

In general, many of the same principles of engaging student interaction and monitoring learning that instructors rely upon in the traditional classroom are also true online. Provide opportunities, and even require that students submit evidence of their participation (either through live chat or discussion board posts or even through written work) and provide multiple forms of assessment (quizzes, projects, reflection papers or essays). For detailed information, the following portions of this site are especially recommended:

Also, don't forget to check out the "Grading & Reporting" section under "Course Maintenance" for information about reporting grades and performance to the University.

 

How do students get access to my class in Blackboard? How are they notified?

Your students will automatically be added to your Blackboard roster when they register for your course through Campus Connection. Please note that students who add your course after the registration period of the course term may not automatically be added to your Blackboard roster. As the Instructor, you are advised to periodically compare your Campus Connection course roster to your Blackboard roster and adjust student permissions and/or remove students who have dropped.

 

Where can I find help in writing multiple choice questions for an exam?

Vanderbilt University's Center for Teaching has a great resource for creating multiple choice test questions.

 

How do I report grades to the University?

Complete information about NDSU grading policies, deadlines and procedures can be found in the "Course Maintenance" section of this site.

 

How do students evaluate my course? Where do I get a copy of the course evaluation for my course site in Blackboard?

Complete information about evaluation policies and procedures for courses can be found in the "Course Maintenance" section of this site.

 

 


 

Resource Organizations

IDEA - Improving Learning in Higher Education 
The IDEA organization describes itself as "a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving learning in higher education. Through our research, we provide teaching and learning resources for faculty and leaders, which we make available to all of higher education in fulfillment of our mission." Go to the IDEA website to find research and resources related to instruction and learning.

 

 


 

The Geek Glossary

Learn to speak like a tech-guru! Several links to various technical glossaries, written in accessible English. These links have been reviewed. Please contact us if you find that one is no longer working.

  

 


 

Wikipedia

From the words of the official website, www.wikipedia.org"Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based free-content encyclopedia project. The name is a portmanteau of the words wiki and encyclopedia. Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers, allowing most articles to be changed by almost anyone with access to the Web site. Its main servers are in Tampa, Florida, with additional servers in Amsterdam and Seoul."

Wikipedia is powered by a wiki. "A wiki is a type of website that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove and otherwise edit and change" the information and content that is contained within the website. A wiki is a powerful tool for collaborative authoring.

Tip:
Some educators use Wikipedia as part of the course activity and assign students individually or in groups to author new pages to expand Wikipedia's library of subject matter, or edit an existing page for accuracy.

 

Where to find Wikipedia?

Wikipedia can be found online at www.wikipedia.org. Access to the pages of Wikipedia is free. Registration is required for those who wish to participate in any authoring activity. Registration is also free.

Tip:
Wikipedia is a controversial resource. It is one of the most popular information sources online, and ranks as one of the most visited websites on the Internet. Wikipedia has been criticized as an unreliable source of information due to the publicly authored basis of information generation and its reliance upon consensus as a policing mechanism. Proponents of the site have defended the overall quality of Wikipedia as comparable to other long-standing encyclopedic works. Some instructors choose to bar Wikipedia as an information resource for use with course assignments. It is reasonable to expect that students will access Wikipedia, unless such expectations are clearly communicated. In either case, it is appropriate to recommend and provide students with guidance regarding the use and critical evaluation of information sources and the proper methods for citing referenced works.

 

 

 

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