WVU iDesign is dedicated to supporting West Virginia University faculty in the development of online instructional materials. iDesign provides instructors the tools and guidance needed to create or enhance the quality of online teaching and learning at WVU. The mission of iDesign is to enable the University to achieve its goals of providing a student-centered, technology-enhanced educational experience for all students.
iDesign areas of expertise include (but not limited to):
- Instructional Design – needs analysis, defining objectives, determining appropriate strategies
- Information Architecture – structure, labeling, navigation issues
- Interface Design – Usability issues, consistency, communication
- Technology Integration – assessment, evaluation of technology effectiveness
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WVU eCampus is the course management system (CMS) used at WVU to deliver online courses. eCampus permits faculty to deliver the highest quality educational experience to students and enhances the quality of teaching and learning. It makes course preparation and management more efficient for faculty and provides data export and reporting features.
- Using a standard web browser, WVU eCampus provides instructors and students with access to online course materials from anywhere at anytime.
- WVU eCampus is integrated with Banner (WVU student information system) so that student registrations automatically flow from Banner to eCampus granting students access to their online courses.
- When developing a course, development is to take place on the development server. Once development has been completed, the request to move the course (http://ecampusinfo.wvu.edu/faculty-resources/ecampus-request-system) to the production or live server can be completed.
Tips for Teaching Online
Teaching an online course can be very different than teaching a traditional course. Most often, pedagogical changes must occur to make the online teaching/learning experience a positive one. Chickering and Gamson (1991) provide seven principles for good teaching practice that apply to both traditional in-class instruction and online instruction. The principles can serve as a guide while developing materials and learning exercises.
There are a number of best practices that can be deployed to enhance teaching and learning. Visit the web guide to review recommended best practices which have been divided into sections for ease in navigation.