Information Services Statement Supporting Anti-Racism

The unjust deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and so many other people of color through police brutality and other symptoms of systemic racism, have devastated our communities. In response, Information Services at Trinity College affirms that Black Lives Matter. It is our responsibility as citizens to eliminate all forms of […]

Designing an Accessible Online Course

This module discusses the importance of accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and provides tips and resources for making your course accessible to all students. Why is accessibility important? Good course design builds in accessibility from the beginning. Course materials and tools are accessible if they can be used as effectively by people with […]

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Course Environment, Expectations, and Management

A key step to student success in online course is creating a welcoming, consistent environment in which students feel comfortable and can focus on the course content. Overview:     •    Set clear, concise expectations for behavior and participation    •    Minimize the number of platforms students need to access    •    Provide weekly lists of readings, assignments, […]

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Myths and Realities of Online Instruction

If you’re new to online instruction, it’s important to examine the assumptions that guide your development of an online course. This module will give you a starting point by addressing some common myths and their (perhaps counter-intuitive) realities. 5 Myths About Remote Teaching in the Covid-19 Crisis Myths and Realities of Teaching Online (University of […]

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Online Assessment

In a well-designed online course, assessment activities are closely tied to the learning activities. The course syllabus should clearly spell out the learning objectives for the course, and in turn, learning objectives should be defined for each learning activity, including how they relate to the course objectives. Learning assessment techniques should be matched to the […]

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Further Reading

This section contains articles and resources for each of the preceding topic areas. You will be prompted to log in with your Trinity username and password to gain access.  Myth and Realities of Online Instruction Forer, D., & Bechtel, S., et.al. (2019). Active connections: Means for faculty to create an environment in which students WANT to […]

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Using Online Resources

The open web and Trinity’s library subscriptions are abundant with rich content that can be brought into a learning context. The appropriateness of the content to the course and how you use it can either enrich your students’ experience or detract from it. This module will address how to navigate and select from the plethora […]

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Using Online Resources

The open web and Trinity’s library subscriptions are abundant with rich content that can be brought into a learning context. The appropriateness of the content to the course and how you use it can either enrich your students’ experience or detract from it. This module will address how to navigate and select from the plethora […]

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Labs, the Arts, and Specialized Software

Teaching with discipline-specific or specialized software, along with recreating the rich experience of in-person science labs and the interaction of studio and performing arts, are some of the most challenging aspects of online education. In this section, we provide resources curated from professional societies and other educators that offer innovative ways to reimagine the in-person student […]

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Creating Media

Using media in a class is an effective complement to other forms of presentation. Audio podcasts, infographics, and digital timelines are all examples. These can create memorable teaching resources, to which students can return for reference. Media can be much more engaging and add some fun to a traditional class. Students with different learning styles benefit from various points of entry into class […]

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