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Before teaching in the UNH online programs, it is required that instructors complete the Fundamentals of Online Instruction (FOI), a three-module online course offered by the Instructional Design and Development team at UNH Academic Technology. The course is designed to introduce faculty to the best practices of designing and teaching online courses. FOI is strongly recommended for faculty who teaches other online courses at UNH. Check the Professional Development Opportunities to learn more about FOI course.
myCourses by Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) used at UNH. Get started with an introductory session or schedule some time with a myCourses trainer by calling 603-862-4242 or refer to the Academic Technology Training calendar to find a time works for you.
Developing an online course is time-consuming especially when you are new to the process. We recommend that you work with your Instructional Designer to complete the Online Course Syllabus and Online Course Workbook. The Online Course Workbook helps you outline the learning objectives, course materials, and assessments. The following Online Course Development Timeline helps you plan your course development so that your online course is ready for delivery on time.
Online Course Development Timeline
Schedule first meeting with your Instructional Designer to complete the following items:
Course Development Phrase:
Work with your Instructional Designer to review your course. Finalize the content before course starts. Online courses are automatically published TWO weeks before the semester starts!
How many hours will it take to design and develop an online course? It depends. For example, the preparation and production time for a 15-minute video includes planning, rehearsing, recording and some editing so actual time needed for this 15-minute video will be anything from 1 hour to several hours. Transferring a face-to-face course into an online course is not simply uploading videos in your online course. Typically, lecture time is reduced in favor of other active learning strategies. Video lectures tend to be short, and focused on singular concepts. It takes hours or even days to chunk the content into modules, plan for assessment activities and rubrics before you start developing the course content. Working with an Instructional Designer will save time in the long run.
To ensure success, we encourage faculty to make an initial contact with IDD at least four months before the online course starts.
Work with an Instructional Designer for help ensuring that your course aligns with best practices and accessibility standards. Instructional Designers can thoroughly review your course and consult with you on a revision plan. Our Instructional Designers are all certified online course reviewers.
In addition to the IDD team, there are other resources available at The University of New Hampshire to help you with online course development:
Online Support is available through the ‘Help’ link in the bottom left corner of myCourses. From this menu, instructors are provided with the following three options:
Search the Canvas Guides: This links you to the guides provided by Canvas which include step by step instructions and videos on how to use the system. These guides are very thorough and easy to search and it is always recommended you look here before contacting support.
Chat with Canvas Support: The chat function is also available 24/7 and allows for real-time assistance with myCourses questions or issues. This is the recommended method to request assistance within myCourses.
UNH IT Knowledge Base: This links to UNH help documentation specific to myCourses, as well as, support documentation from other academic departments.