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Develop Course Content

Positive student experience begins with your course content; it is often the first contact your students will have with your course. Develop and organize your course content with student experience in mind. Think about how you want to orient your student to you and your course, and organize materials together chronologically. Course activities, readings, and quizzes can be organized by week in the modules of Canvas. The online space compliments the in-person student experience, students expect this space to be well-organized and resource-rich.

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You may need to make edits, or re-record your course videos for Fall 2021, here is a guide to make it easier:

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Quickly reissue your course content from a previous semester

3 Easy Steps to Re-issue your Canvas Course

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As you explore the online course delivery options below, think about creating quality content that can be curated for future classes as well as informal content that provides a check-in with students and a glimpse into your life. Recognizing the learning opportunities that online content enables may help in determining the length of your videos, the stories you tell in your podcasts, and the spontaneous garden tour you record with your phone. 

The possibilities are endless, so let’s start with the foundation. Ask yourself these three questions as you read through each teaching method:

  • What do students need to understand course concepts and be successful?
  • What online materials will create an engaging course, for both students and myself?
  • How can I leverage existing course content and how can I adapt content for an optimal online experience?

What case studies are being taught in other WSB classes?

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    List of HBSP Case Studies Used in WSB Courses

    Discover which case studies other instructors are using in their WSB courses. An Excel spreadsheet of Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP) case studies used in WSB courses. Sheet includes Case Title, Case Number, Class Title/Description, and last date requested.

Announcements and Regular Communication

Keep announcements modular and engaging, and separate from lecture materials. This content should be short, informative, and personable. A reminder such as “there is a quiz on Canvas that is due at midnight this Thursday” could be delivered as an email, video, or podcast.

Create Engaging Course materials and Activities

Students assess their understanding of course material during a virtual class session or while working through it in their own time. Examples are students taking formative assessments in between short lecture videos or working on activities during synchronous discussions. 

Peer Interactions

Peer-to-peer communication takes place during class-time or as supplemental activities. Think-pair-share and whole-class discussions bring high social presence to an online class. Encourage students to use web meeting platforms and engage with one another via discussion posts, peer-reviewed papers, and group projects.


Real-time Demonstration and Discussion 

Some concepts require the instructor to show the process for coming to a solution. Being part of the process is part of the learning. For example, the instructor or students plot points on a graph or explain how to analyze data in a spreadsheet program. As the instructor, you orchestrate the demonstration or discussion.

Insights and Evaluations

Instructors evaluate student engagement through surveys, data analytics, and responses to instructor and student material. Students provide specific and timely feedback through surveys and check-ins. Students react verbally and nonverbally to lectures and discussions. 

Increasing Communication and Interaction with your Students

Instructors and students exchange information and ideas. Facilitate blended learning through in-person, open office hours broadcast online. Share strong student discussion points with the class to encourage deeper engagement with the course. 

Schedule the Light Board Studio

Reserve the Light Board Studio and recording Studio through the WSB EMS room reservation system under ‘Reserve Lightboard Studio’. For further instrcuctions on booking and use: Light board studios instructions

1329 Podcast Recording Studio

WSB Teaching and Learning also has a studio in Grainger for instructors to use, view this guide to see the setup and how to use it! Contact WSB Teaching and Learning Support for more information and booking! The 1329 Podcast Recording Studio can be reserved through EMS under ‘Reserve Asynchronous Recording Studio’. Here are more instructions on booking and using the 1329 studio.

Borrow a Portable Media Kit

WSB Teaching and Learning has custom-built media kits to help instructors create video course content more efficiently, and higher quality. View this guide to the Media kit Setup to see how easy it is, and what hardware is included.