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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.

Learner Profile Survey for a Hybrid Course

Learner Profile Survey for a Hybrid Course
San Jose State University
This learner survey is designed for a hybrid course that includes distance learning and in-person field trips. Instructors can gain insight into their students that will be helpful in designing a course that enables all learners to be successful.

Learner Profile Survey

Learner Profile Survey
California State University, Bakersfield
This learner survey was developed to send to students at the beginning of each semester. In addition to asking about any anxiety they may have with the course content and online pedagogy, it addresses any obstacles they may have in their lives that would affect their coursework.

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.

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.

Learner Profile Survey for an Online Course

Learner Profile Survey for an Online Course
San Jose State University
The survey is used to gauge students' experience in taking an online class, and their feeling about being in an online course. Further, questions on students’ experience in using the required software is included.

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.

Learner Profile Survey - JOUR 218 Media, Self & Society

Learner Profile Survey - JOUR 218 Media, Self & Society
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
This is a Learner Profile Survey deployed in JOUR 218 Media, Self & Society. It asks students to identify their goals, which informs the instructor, but also is a way for the students to articulate their goals to themselves. Along with asking what students hope to gain from the course, this also asks about what they bring to the class. This is the first step in creating a welcoming, comfortable and inclusive online course environment.

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.

Welcome Video: Engaging and Exciting students from the Start

Welcome Video: Engaging and Exciting students from the Start
California State University, San Marcos
Randall Griswold wanted the students in his fully online Music 120 course to get to know who he was and see his personality. He plays them a little tune on his guitar as he describes the course and expectations. This is a great way to instantly start forming a relationship with your online students.

Instructor Introduction Video

Instructor Introduction Video
California State University, Fresno
In this video the instructor introduces herself and also provides context for the course.

Video Course Tour

Video Course Tour
California State University, Monterey Bay
The following video tour provides a general course overview for students as an introduction to facilitate navigation to all the components required to be successful in the class.

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.