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Foundations of Teaching Online: Summer 2022

June 6, 2022


June 6 – August 7, 2022

(Break 7/4 – 7/10)

Long Course

The Foundations of Teaching Online course will help faculty build well-designed online experiences for their students, and deans evaluate online experiences from a student perspective. Participants will learn about quality standards in online course design and the basic principles of backwards design and alignment. In addition, they will be introduced to strategies that create a welcoming, accessible, and collaborative environment where all learners can succeed.

The class is split into two groups: a faculty track and a dean track. While some course experiences will be together, many assignments will be targeted to different campus roles. 

Course Learning Objectives – Faculty

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • CONSTRUCT a course schedule, template, or outline that includes at least one learning objective for each module
  • CREATE an alignment map with your learning objective(s), assessment tool, and learning activities
  • PLAN strategies to humanize your online course, using principles of trust, presence, awareness, and empathy
  • IDENTIFY elements that improve the accessibility of course materials including documents, webpages, and media

Course Learning Objectives – Deans

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • DESCRIBE key components of quality course design
  • COMPARE two different sets of online course evaluation standards
  • EVALUATE a course for alignment
  • EVALUATE a course for evidence of humanizing strategies and student-friendly navigation
  • DEMONSTRATE ability to use D2L and academic technology tools through practice and/or review of examples/best practices
  • IDENTIFY elements that improve the accessibility of course materials including documents, webpages, and media

Registration Required

Use the RSVP tool below to register. Because we need time to enroll participants into the corresponding D2L Brightspace Course site, we will close RSVPs the Friday prior to the start of this course. There is a limit of 30 participants per course.

Reminders Coming:  We use the email address you provide to send a calendar appointment to remind you of the start date of this short course.

Data Use

Campuses may want to know if their faculty are using the educational development resources and opportunities made available from Minnesota State to best tailor their on-campus offerings. We will provide participation information upon campus request. You may opt out of this report by contacting We plan to use your contact information to send you information about upcoming events on the NED Events Calendar for which you may be interested.

Accommodations: If you require accommodations (live captioning, etc.) to participate in this event, please send an email to the person at the bottom of this page.

Course Location 

This course is hosted and facilitated using shared D2L Brightspace instance of Minnesota State called, MnSite. Using the RSVP tool below allows us to send you reminders about this course and share important information following the course including how to access the corresponding D2L Brightspace course site.  


Contact facilitators Liz Pauly and Kelly Donahue.


June 6, 2022
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Kelly Donahue, Liz Pauly
Developing Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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