Montana State University

Faculty Workshops and Learning Opportunities

Campus SceneTeaching Online Program (TOP)

Learn how to successfully teach and deliver an online course.

Dates and Times: Ongoing, self-paced

Course Description

laptop computer with booksTeaching Online: The Next Level

Become a better online teacher by experiencing what it's like on the other side of the "desk."

Dates and Times: May 19-Jun 8 and Jun 16-Jul 6
Place: Online
Prerequisite: Teaching Online Program (TOP)

Course Description

Individual Consultations

If you still have questions after attending a workshop and wish to setup an individual appointment with MSU Online staff to answer specific D2L or course design questions in a one-on-one setting, please call (406) 994-3255 or e-mail your request to ecat@montana.edu.


Past Workshops and Learning Opportunities

May be offered again in upcoming semesters.

A Peek At D2L

30 minutes

Come sit back and watch as we take a short walk through some high level glimpses of MSU’s Learning Management System, Desire2Learn, including:

  • Use of drop down menus
  • Settings within each tool
  • Tabs within each tool
  • Course Resources
  • Edit Course

Getting Started with D2L

90 minutes

This 90-minute hands-on workshop covers the basics of D2L including:

  • Logging into D2L
  • Surface dive into each tool on the navigation bar
  • Managing course files with Manage Files
  • Uploading your syllabus
  • Basic entry of grades

Course Design Tips

30 minutes

What are the common elements of a well-designed course that utilizes D2L?  This short presentation offers a high-level view of the D2L tools that help you design and manage courses, including:

  • Definitions of online, blended, web-enhanced courses
  • Exploration of D2L tools to assist in course design and management:
    • Course Design Accelerator
    • Instructional Design Wizard
    • Learning Activity Library

Teaching Online for the First Time

30 minutes

Thinking of teaching online? This short presentation will walk you through some important points to consider if you are contemplating teaching online. Topics include:

  • Differences between web-enhanced and fully online courses
  • How to utilize D2L to enhance each course type
  • Basic tips for planning and organizing your course

Connecting With Students: Using D2L Communication Tools

90 minutes

Beginning and Advanced

Prerequisite: Getting Started with D2L

Want to learn more about the various ways to communicate with students in D2L? These in-depth, 90 minute hands-on workshops will explore powerful D2L tools to enhance communication between you and your students, including:

  • News
  • Calendar
  • Surveys
  • Email
  • Discussions
  • Groups

We will also cover ways in which online and web-enhanced courses might utilize these tools differently.

Beginning will cover the basics of each of these tools and when to use them—how to create a News or Calendar item, a Discussion or a Survey, create basic Groups and send an Email.

Advanced will go in greater depth for each of these tools, including adding graphics/pizazz to your News items, and higher level options for Discussions, Surveys and Groups.

Not sure which level to sign up for? If you are currently using the News, Calendar, Survey and Groups tools, then opt for Advanced. If you're not using some or any of these tools, then sign up for Beginning.

Assessing Students: Using D2L Assessment Tools

90 minutes

Beginning and Advanced

Prerequisite: Getting Started with D2L

Want to learn about options for receiving and grading student work and giving feedback electronically? These in-depth, 90 minute hands-on workshops will explore powerful D2L tools to assess student work and provide feedback to your students including:

  • Dropbox
  • Quizzes
  • Grades and grade book functions
  • Rubrics

We will also cover ways in which online and web-enhanced courses might utilize these tools differently.

Beginning will cover the basics of each of these tools—how to set up a Dropbox folder, create a Quiz, enter Grades, post a Rubric.

Advanced will go in greater depth for each of these tools including grading from the Dropbox, more Quiz functionality, creating a Rubric, and special grade book functions/options.

Not sure which level to sign up for? If you are currently entering grades and using the Dropbox and Quizzes tools, then opt for Advanced. If you're not using some or any of these tools, then sign up for Beginning.

Help With Grades

60 minutes

Having trouble with your GRADES?? Are students asking how they’re doing in your class and your grades aren’t clear?? Need help setting up your Grade Book??

Come to a short workshop on the Grades tool so you can be ready to post students grades.

We’ll cover (as needed):

  • Setting up your grade book
  • Grade categories vs items
  • Weighted vs point settings
  • Creating milestone (progress thus far) grades
  • Releasing Final and Adjusted Grades calculations
  • Importing ScanTron grades
  • Other grade-related questions you may have

D2L Drop-In: Hands-on Help Clinic

Drop in for assistance with D2L. You bring the questions and we’ll work with you to find answers.

These sessions are geared towards advanced topics and are intended for individuals who are currently actively using D2L to teach a purely online course offering AND/OR using D2L as a supplement to a face to face MSU course offering.

Staff will be available in EPS 127. Bring your own device or use ours!

Pre-registration is not required.

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