bCourses

Summer 2021 Remote Instruction Workshop Series

These virtual workshops will focus on considering how to (re)design your course or section to increase student learning, create engaging audio and video materials, and use campus tools to record those materials.

Back-to-Campus Workshop Series

Digital Learning Services (DLS) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) are hosting this workshop series that highlights how to transition back to campus while integrating the best aspects of remote instruction into your in-person courses or continuing to teach remotely.

Moving from Red to Green: Ally in bCourses (7/28)

July 28, 2021, 10:00am
Attend this workshop to learn how to improve the accessibility of your bCourses files so students using assistive technologies can better access content and generate alternative formats.
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Moving from Red to Green: Ally in bCourses (8/16)

August 16, 2021, 10:00am
Attend this workshop to learn how to improve the accessibility of your bCourses files so students using assistive technologies can better access content and generate alternative formats.
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Best Practices for Designing Your bCourses Site (8/17)

August 17, 2021, 10:00am
Join us to learn more about how you can leverage the DLS Core Template to jumpstart your bCourses site design and maximize student engagement online.
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Check for Accessibility with the Ally Instructor Report

Check for Accessibility with the Ally Instructor Report

The Ally tool in bCourses identifies if images and files in your course site are formatted for accessibility. It then provides guidance on how to edit materials that are currently not in accessible formats, a process called remediation. As you add links to documents or embed images on your weekly landing pages, you may notice the green, orange, and red meters next to the files identifying if the materials are fully, partially, or not accessible, respectively. The Ally tool indicates the problem when you...

Check for Broken Links with the Course Link Validator

Check for Broken Links with the Course Link Validator

bCourses has a built-in tool that checks for broken links within your course site. This is especially helpful if you've imported content from a previous course that references material that may have changed or is no longer available. This easy-to-use automated tool helps streamline the quality assurance process.

The Course Link Validator searches through your course content and returns invalid or unresponsive external links that may be tricky to track down manually. This includes deleted links, or links...

Quality Assurance (QA)

Quality Assurance (QA)

Quality Assurance (QA) is the process of checking the technical components of your course site before students have access to it. This process includes confirming all links function correctly, materials are fully accessible, and materials you'd like students to access are published, or conversely, materials you'd like hidden until a certain date are not visible to students. There are two key tools available in bCourses that help streamline QA: Course Link Validator and Ally Instructor Report. Additionally, DLS has developed a bCourses...

Digital Pedagogy Resources

Digital Pedagogy Resources

The DLS Core Template will provide you with a structure to develop a pedagogically sound remote or online course. You can use the DLS Core Template in conjunction with the following resources, which highlight how to implement best practices in digital pedagogy. Though presented in the context of a remote course, these practices are useful for developing courses in any format.

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Organize Materials in Your Course Site Using Modules

Organize Materials in Your Course Site Using Modules

Creating a pattern of weekly tasks allows students to plan ahead and stay organized in your course. As you plan discussions, quizzes, and assignments, make sure they follow a pattern. Indicate on your syllabus or course page any departure from the established patterns. Consistency in course design is a component of the universal instructional design to meet the needs of all learners (Palmer et al., 2003). In addition to the bCourses Pages layout, provide organization through a modular learning pathway. bCourses Modules...