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Shifting Course Formats at SIUE

Shifting a course or portions of a course to an online or hybrid format is a thorough and thoughtful process.This page details the steps involved in transferring resources and/or courses online.

Faculty members are encouraged to begin the process up to a year in advance of when they anticipate teaching the blended or online course. This timeline allows sufficient time not only to gain approval for the course, but also to learn new technologies and to utilize them in current face-to-face courses.

IDLT Center members are available to meet faculty at any stage of the process and to assist them throughout the design and development of the course in its new format. If you're not sure which format is right for your course, see a few examples of "online," "hybrid," "web-enhanced," and "traditional" learning at SIUE.

Getting Started:

  1. Assess your own teaching style and motivation for moving to a web-enhanced, blended, or online format.
  2. Assess your own comfort level with technology and with the learning management system (e.g. Blackboard) and its tools. Plan to attend a training on “new to you” technologies and begin implementing them in current face-to-face classes.

Getting Approval:

For a hybrid or fully online course, confirm with your department chair that the course has been approved to be offered in these formats. If it has not been approved, complete the Form 94 paperwork.
  1. The Form 94 process, overseen by the Office of the Provost, requires submission of a syllabus for the course as it will be taught online. IDLT Center members can assist you with reviewing and refining your syllabus for the blended or online format.
  2. The Form 94 packet requires the signature of the Information Technology Services director.  The signature is only provided after an instructional design consultation with IDLT Center members. To aid in preparation for the consultation, our team will request a copy of the syllabus for your course.

Course Planning and Design:

  1. Request a DEV (developmental) course shell for a new blended or online course. This is where you will develop your course in a test environment and later export it to your instructional course shell.
  2. Develop a detailed syllabus for your course that considers:
    • Your students' backgrounds and experiences (e.g. working professionals, tech-savvy freshmen, "non-traditional")
    • What they should know or be able to do upon completion of the course (measurable learning objectives)
    • Meaningful activities will help students meet those learning objectives
    • Relevant assessments will measure student performance.
  1. Develop the course structure in your DEV course.
  2. When the course has been approved and is listed in Banner as a blended or online course with you as the instructor, request your instructional course shell.  Export the structure and content of your DEV course shell and import it into the actual course shell.
  3. Use the Quality Matters Rubric to review the course to assure that it meets best practices for blended and online courses.

Course Implementation:

  1. Teach the course.
  2. Use formative assessments throughout the course and a summative assessment at the end to identify areas of the course that worked, as well as those that may need to be re-examined and/or reworked.


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See how SIUE faculty are using technology in their classrooms.



Visit the ITS Faculty/Staff Training page to find software training opportunities that meet your needs.


Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference
Registration is open for the 2014 Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference (FTTC) that will be held Thursday and FridayNovember 13th and 14th, on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. For program details about the two-day conference, visit the 2014 FTTC site at:


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Interested in learning how Open Educational Resources can be used in higher ed? Read about an OER pilot project underway at SIUE and listen to a WBGZ radio broadcast on the project:


Learn more about Turnitin for grading and feedback, preventing plagiarism, improving writing skills, and engaging students through one of their live webcasts or recorded webinars.  


Blending the Best of Both Worlds summer seminar
Each summer, the ITS Instructional Design & Learning Technologies Center offers a course design seminar that explores the pedagogy and tools of the online and blended environments. Teaching faculty and instructors are encouraged to apply.


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