Develop Content- Select Text and Media.
In review, you have conducted an analysis of your audience, designed your objectives and assessments and now, you're ready to develop. The slide below shows what's involved in the development process of the Addie model. It's important to write an outline as you develop. You may adjust the outline along the way, but it will provide structure so that you have the end in mind. If you are developing an online course, please use the Quality Matters Rubric to be sure that you are including the elements that make an effective online course. This rubric is a helpful guide as you develop.
- Determine Delivery Method
- Select Text and Resources
- Construct Syllabus
- Determine Course Schedule
- Plan Instruction
- Select/Create Multimedia
- Identify Library and Web Resources
It is required that you use the syllabus template and that you include the objectives for the course in the syllabus. Since you are developing a course that may be taught by another instructor, don't put your personal information on the syllabus. Let the instructors of the various sessions do that when they are assigned to teach. As you develop your course you can complete the rest of the syllabus template. We advise you to include an assignment schedule of due dates for assessments within the syllabus itself and as another separate document. Here is a template for that purpose.
In this step you will select materials for the course if the Department Chair has not already selected these. There are 4 stages to selecting the material for a course.
- Solicit Examination Copies from Publishers
- Select Text(s) and other various resources
- Consider Potential Blackboard Enhancements
- Seek Chair Approval of Text(s)
Solicit Examination Copies from Publishers
If a publisher will not send an examination copy of any book directly to you, then you should have it sent to you c/o your Chair, who will make sure that it is delivered to you. Please contact 757.352.4435 for a list of publishers and their respective contact information. You may also create a login for Faculty Center www.facultycenter.net to find textbooks.
The address for the College of Arts & Sciences is:
Attn: " Chair " LIB 209
1000 Regent University Dr.
Virginia Beach , VA 23464
Select Text(s) and other various resources
Student texts and resources cannot exceed $100.00 per course; if an exception is necessary please gain approval from your Chair. Be careful in distinguishing between required texts for your course and recommended texts. You should seek to vary the resources. Select online and multimedia resources when possible. It is required that all course developers explore and select creative course materials and activities. Consider e-books, journal articles, textbooks, websites as opposed to the traditional approach of only using a textbook and delivering lecture notes.
Seek Chair Approval of Text(s)
Send a description of the various course materials to theDepartment Chair for approval before proceeding. Note, if you are using bundled books the Chair/Coordinator will need the bundle ISBN number created by the publisher.
Be sure you have clarified with your Department Chair, the important due dates to know when textbook adoptions are due. If the course you are developing is being taught the next semester coming up, receive approval for the adoptions two weeks before the adoption due date.
Sites and databases where you can search and find online media pieces and websites
Merlot - MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments. You are welcome to browse the collection or search for materials.
iLumina is a digital library of sharable undergraduate teaching materials for chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science. It is designed to quickly and accurately connect users with the educational resources they need. These resources range in type from highly granular objects such as individual images and video clips to entire courses. http://www.ilumina-dlib.org
Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu
Links to a number of discrete searchable repositories: the MLX contains faculty assignments, Teaching/Learning on the Web, Problem Based Learning and others...
Unlike MERLOT, some of the repositories only accept submissions from Maricopa faculty; however, all of the databases are open for public use.
MLX Learning Exchange (contains over 500 faculty assignments)
This is Maricopa's newest respository. It uses an easy metpahor of warehouse and packages for each learning object. Each assignment is formated to display on a standard form that easy and clean to read.
Teaching and Learning on the Web (contains over 900 examples of how the web is being used as a medium for learning) -- http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/tl/index.html
This searchable collection includes sites that range from courses delivered entirely via the web to courses that offer specific activities related to a class assignment or perhaps courses that offer class support materials via the web.
Careo (Campus Alberta Repository of Educational Objects) http://www.careo.org
The CAREO educational object repository is an ongoing research prototype supported by Alberta Learning and CANARIE that has as its primary goal the creation of a searchable, Web-based collection of multidisciplinary teaching materials for educators across the province and beyond.
Main Disciplines: Business, Sciences, Arts, Education, Engineering, and Law
If you need to create your own media piece to illustrate a concept that supports a learning objective in your course, contact your Chair. The Chair may complete a project request for for CTL.
*Virginia Tech offers additional web-based strategies and tips for teaching and learning.
For additional help with Blackboard, consult the training page of Faculty Essentials.
If you need help understanding what media and technologies can be used and for what purposes, consult the technology page.
Developing inside the Course Template
Once you've finished your development outline plan, you're ready to actually insert content items into the Blackboard course template.