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Welcome Start Here Module Example

Welcome Start Here Module Example
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Within the Welcome [Start Here] Module, students will find a welcome message with a voice memo from the instructor as well as supporting information that will help students succeed in the course. This includes information regarding course structure and dates, a check-in survey, the syllabus, a syllabus quiz, a Blackboard tour, steps for getting organized, an instructor bio, and a pdf with successful tools for online learning.

Introduction Activity using Google Tour Builder

Introduction Activity using Google Tour Builder
California State University, Long Beach
This self-introduction activity was designed to highlight the diversity that exists in a seminar course. Using Google Tour Builder, students get to share where they come from and what stories they carry with them. Tour Builder allows users to visualize stories and places and integrate them into the map.

Building a Dynamic Discussion

Building a Dynamic Discussion
California Maritime Academy
In this discussion, students are given the option to include a video that shows a project from their workplace. This option creates a more enriching experience as students also expand their technology use to achieve the objective. Due to bandwidth issues with the student population, it's important to keep the text response as an option as well.

Class Diversity Statement

Class Diversity Statement
California State University, San Bernardino
This Class Diversity Statement helps to set the tone for classes that can be difficult and controversial due to subject matter. This statement clarifies the role of both student and instructor in terms of verbal exchanges/discussions in the classroom. It also promotes proper communication etiquette, tolerance and understanding, and respect for each other. The skills learned from this activity are used beyond the classroom, helping to create a more accepting and tolerant society. This statement is reviewed together as a class to promote understanding and mutual consideration.

Welcome Page - Instructor Information

Welcome Page - Instructor Information
California State University, Fresno
This highly engaging and interactive Welcome Page includes a variety of ways that students can contact the instructor. The information also included in the syllabus, facilitates a quick way for students to find the information they are looking for.

QLT-Friendly Home Page

QLT-Friendly Home Page
San Jose State University
This homepage was designed to provide clear and detailed instructions for students to access course content. The intuitive layout includes buttons and links to course modules, a short video introducing the instructor, and 'Quick Link' buttons to frequently accessed course components.

Blackboard Homepage Example

Blackboard Homepage Example
California State University, San Bernardino
The Homepage in Blackboard includes a "Meet Your Instructor" tab as well as a Playposit" tab. These tabs provide students with the instructor introduction and contact information which helps to humanize the course. The link to Playposit from the Homepage increases student engagement with both lectures and videos from outside resources.

Student Intro Survey

Student Intro Survey
California State University, Channel Islands
Students can complete this brief survey at the beginning of the semester after they have read through the syllabus and explored the Canvas shell. The intent of the survey is to help the instructor learn more about their students, create a sense of support and empathy, and give students an opportunity to share their concerns ahead of time.

Using TedEd for Active Learning

Using TedEd for Active Learning
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
TedEd is a resource instructors can use to incorporate video learning and creation of their own instructional material via Q&A, adding in-depth resources on the topic, and having a discussion board with the learners.

Survey - Personal Goals and Influences

Survey - Personal Goals and Influences
California State University, Chico
This survey is intended to be used at the beginning of the semester to learn about the students in the class, any potential and perceived obstacles to their success, as well as their academic and personal goals. The intent is to engage with students much earlier in the semester so that obstacles can be addressed before they become insurmountable. Additionally, the survey result will inform examples used in the course so that they are more relevant and accessible.

Welcome and Introduction Assignment (4.1)

Welcome and Introduction Assignment (4.1)
California State University, Northridge
This graded icebreaker activity uses Padlet as a way for students to get to know each other the first week of the course. In this introductory 'Meet and Greet' students create a post, with an optional picture, and share a little about themselves. This includes their pronouns, what they like to be called, as well as future goals. The students are asked to respond to their peers and the instructor also adds a post on the Padlet to get the conversations started.

Get To Know Yourself Assignment

Get To Know Yourself Assignment
California State University, Fresno
This introduction to the activity (which is using a rubric to reply on a discussion board) is in informal language to engage the students and catch their attention. It is also designed to help the student feel comfortable with talking about their own insecurities about the course topic.

Online Netiquette Discussion Expectations

Online Netiquette Discussion Expectations
California State University, San Marcos
An example where this instructor went above and beyond the normal etiquette rules to include guidance for students on how to disagree, make arguments, and be kind to other students. She gives them instructions on how to argue an idea and not argue with a person directly.

Welcome Video - Sign Language Online Course

Welcome Video - Sign Language Online Course
California State University, Fresno
Online course welcome video and introduction created in sign language with closed captioning.

Building Community in a Fully Online Course

Building Community in a Fully Online Course
California State University, Fresno
The instructor uses Google Slides to create community and interaction between instructor and students in this online graduate course. Community Building activities are assigned intermittently throughout the course to give students an opportunity to engage and interact in a non-high stakes forum while getting to know more about each other along the way. It is a win win and a highly favored activity among her online students.