Wednesday Kickstart Week

Today we are talking about learning activities in online courses: the stuff students do that will enable them to demonstrate learning on the assessments, such as reading, watching videos, discussions, and other interactions with each other. We specifically talked about ways that traditional in-person activities compare to online activities. Some activities translate more or less directly, while others require re-thinking and new design. And, as Allen November reminds, elearning tools provide opportunities for students to do things that we did not even know were possible.

For today’s reflection, please write about how you anticipate your traditional teaching transforming in the online classroom:

  • What is an activity that you have found successful and plan to continue more or less unchanged?
  • What is an activity that you anticipate needing to revise substantially? What kinds of changes will need to be made?
  • Is there an activity that you don’t think can be done online or that you are anxious about pulling off successfully?
  • Bonus points: What is something you might try for the first time online? (Maybe something you’ve always wished you could ask your students to do but which was not feasible in an in-person situation?

As always, please feel free to include any additional questions or thoughts.

Monday Kickstart Week

Based on this morning’s activities, share something that you learned that you didn’t know before, and ask a question you didn’t know you had.  Feel free to interact with your peers.  If you know the answers to a colleague’s question, answer it!  If someone’s answers or questions lead you to another question you didn’t know you had, ask it!


Final Kickstart Week reflections

It was a great meeting you all and learning about your projects this week!  I hope you all found value in attending.  If you have any final reflections about what we discussed and did during Kickstart Week, feel free to share them here.

Remember, the Carmen course for the Online Course Development Kickstart Week will be available to you until May so you might want to download any of the files you want to save from that course before then.  Also, be sure to stay tuned to the DELTA website for updates on coming events.  If you have any questions pertaining to developing or teaching an online course, keep in mind that you can submit them to the Q&A forum here on the DELTA blog site.

Thursday Kickstart Week reflections

This was quite an exciting day full of visual and audio production information.  Reflect upon what you learned today that will help you with the development of your online course.  What did you find most helpful today and what questions do you still have?  Did you create something new today that you’d like to share on the blog site?

Monday Kickstart Week reflections

Reflect upon what you learned Monday that will help you with the development of your online course.  What did you find most helpful today and what questions do you still have? Are there experiences you have had with regard to Quality Matters, Universal Design for Learning, and or web accessibility that would be interesting to share here?

Resources for online instructors

Hi everyone!

During our Kickstart Weeks held in January, May and August, I share several resources with participants.  These resources range from books about teaching or designing an online course to different media tools that can be used to foster engagement.  I thought I would share a link to this list of tools so everyone who visits this site can benefit from them:

This is by no means an exhaustive list.  As we know, technology changes all the time.  If you know of a tool or resource that has been helpful to you and it isn’t included on the list, please share it with us in a reply post.  It’s always interesting to learn from each other’s experiences.

Kickstart Week Reflection

Well, today was the last day of the summer online course development kickstart week. Although we only met for 1/2 day there was a lot of information discussed.  Thanks to Maria Scheid for visiting and talking to us about issues surrounding copyright in online courses and sharing resources we can refer to when in doubt.  We concluded by going over ways to edit our Kickstart Week Sandbox courses to include videos and images and still meet web accessibility guidelines.

There were so many resources and a ton of information shared throughout the week.  Please take a few moments to reflect upon, not only Friday’s information, but the week itself.  What stood out to you as a significant “Ah-ha” moment?  What information would you have liked to see included that wasn’t?

Thanks to all who attended this week!  It was great meeting you all and learning from each other’s experiences.  We hope to see you at upcoming DELTA events!

Special Note:
For information on future DELTA events such as webinars, creation studios and other workshops, check out the DELTA web page at  For information and resources pertaining to course design please visit the OSU Distance Education blog at  Also, remember to fill out the form on the Webinars page of the DELTA blog site if you have specific topics requests for future webinars!