Activate the Course Space
Enrolled students cannot access the course space until it is "activated" - like opening the door to the classroom. Information about how to activate your course and merge sections is available in this tutorial.
Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires equal access to all materials by all students.
Not occurring at the same time. Distance courses are designed to be asynchronous
so that students can access the course space and complete their work at their convenience,
while still adhering to a common course schedule. Many distance students are
working professionals, parents, individuals with obligations for whom the traditional
synchronous class time will prohibit access to education.
Blackboard Collaborate is WSU’s official web conferencing program, available free to faculty and staff for professional use.
A blog is a journal, often with a comments section, that is published on the
web. A blog could serve as a community learning tool for campus online students.
For example, faculty might create an assignment where students regularly post about
the steps they have taken to find sources for their research project. Not only can
the instructor track student progress, but students can learn and share ideas.
Camtasia is a screen capture software.
Copying a course space with all of the data (text book, media, tracked items)
associated with that course so that each delivery term there is a unique course
On campus classes are held in a classroom. In the online environment, we refer to that classroom as a "course space."
A course space is a website housing all of the materials students will need to take your course. It is also in the
course space that students will interact with each other and the instructor in the discussion forum, the instructor
will access and grade assignments, and students will take any online assessments. The "course space" is your classroom,
and most of what happens in the classroom, will happen in your online course space.
The system used by Global Campus to communicate with instructors about any updates
needed to their course or materials associated with the course. Using course
verification, which is a link within the course space, allows tasks to be routed
to the appropriate specialist systematically. This prevents loss
of emails or time when an email request goes to someone who is unavailable.
A blueprint of the course used to plan out each aspect, ensuring that activities
and assessments are appropriately aligned with learning outcomes and that the faculty
developer and Instructional Designer are on the same page throughout course design
A section of the online course space where students and instructors converse
Online discussion is critical to a successful online course. The discussion forum
provides a space for student and faculty to interact, build a learning community,
for faculty to get to know students, and for students to collaborate.
Much of the teaching in an online course occurs through the asynchronous discussion
Face to Face
The best differentiation between the classes taught online, and those "face to
face" is really asynchronous (online) and synchronous (face to face). Both are taught
in classrooms (the Blackboard Learn course space is a classroom), and are affiliated with a
campus. We sometimes refer to online and on-ground as well.
Each course/instructor is assigned to an Instructional Designer, by department, to provide support for online delivery.
As you develop your course, the Instructional Designer may talk with you about adding "interactive activities."
These are activities/exercises that allow students to actively engage with, or manipulate the content being
learned. For example, students may drag and drop names onto areas of a map, or manipulate the dials of an
audiometer. Check out our showcase page for examples of interactive activities that have been built to support
the learning goals in some of our courses.
Learning Management System. An LMS is a software platform designed to deliver
and/or track information delivery and acquisition. As needed, an LMS can supplement
face to face courses, be adapted for self-led learning, or be designed to be an
interactive learning community. At minimum, an LMS should allow for instructors
to post course content, enter grades, and receive student work electronically.
Capabilities of lecture capture software vary, but, most include the ability
to record your on-campus lecture along with any supplementary materials you show
from your computer. These recordings can then be uploaded for your students, allowing
them to review items they may have missed in class. Panopto is WSU’s supported lecture
capture software available to faculty and staff.
Merge (merged, merging) Courses
Multiple scheduled sections from one or more campuses combined into one online course space.
Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching. A free and
open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students.
"Netiquette" is network etiquette. Netiquette covers both common courtesy online
and the informal rules of cyberspace.
Open Educational Resource
Open Learning Resource
Panopto is a lecture capture tool that can be used either in WSU’s General University Classrooms, or on personal computers. Panopto
replaced Tegrity as the official University supported tool in Fall 2015.
Portable Document Format file
A rubric identifies a set of criteria against which student performance will
Screen Capture software is similar to Lecture Capture. However, screen capture
software generally provides robust editing features allowing you to “build” a lecture
rather than simply recording on. For example, you can import video, edit existing
video, and move segments of your lecture to different spots in the presentation.
As with other software, free programs are not always as sophisticated as premium
An online virtual world.
Online media such as Facebook, Twitter, Wikis and blogs that promote networking
and community building.
The use of a dedicated website to communicate informally with other members
of the site, by posting messages, photographs, etc.
At the same time - face to face courses are primarily synchronous.
The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2002 is an act of
Congress. The importance stems from the previous copyright laws that allow educators
to copy documents or use copyrighted materials in a face-to-face classroom setting.
Because of the growth of distance education, revisions to these laws, particularly
sections 110(2) and 112(f) of the U.S. Copyright Act, needed to be made.
Third Party Site
An outside website, such as YouTube, used in courses. Often this is a publisher's
website or companion to the text that provides students additional information.
WSU Online cannot provide technology support for these sites. In addition, the instructor
is responsible for ensuring there are no ADA compliance issues. If a student with
a WSU Access Center accommodation cannot access a third party site, you must provide
an equivalent activity.
Twitter is an informal communications tool. Send a “tweet” to remind students
of important dates, or require students to tweet applied class concepts from their
daily lives. Tweets must be under 140 characters.
Virtual Field Trip
Taking advantage of all that is available online to create the equivalent of
the traditional field trip, but for free and asynchronously. In addition,
you can add your own video and images to create a customized field trip.
A VM, or Virtual Mentor is an individual employed and trained by WSU Online,
with experience as a WSU Online student, who serves as a mentor to the entire course,
assisting students in navigating the course space, providing time management and
other resources and promoting community building. A VM is not a TA and cannot
assist in grading or other evaluative activities. Further, they cannot fix technical
issues in the course space. If you’d like to request a VM, navigate to the Virtual Mentor tab in Course Verification,
or contact your eLearning Consulatant. The VM program is funded through ASWSU Global S&A fees.
Web conferencing has become an important tool in today’s global community. Bring
in a guest lecture from across the globe or demonstrate difficult concepts and applications
to your students in real time. Common features include ability to communicate via
headset or chat, desktop application sharing, and whiteboard drawing capabilities.
Utilizing the resources of the web to create learning activities for students,
incorporating information literacy into the learning outcomes of the course.
Wikis are easy to create online documents based on community knowledge building/sharing.
A simple example is one person starting a Wiki page with the basic idea or intent
of the page and saves it for other users to view and add to. At this point other
users will add their expertise or research and so on. In this fast paced world,
a document may remain in a constant state of flux as current research and events
emerge. Additionally, wiki pages (documents) allow the creator to track versions
of the page and manage editing privileges.