This information is specifically for instructors who are teaching a fully online, asynchronous course developed in partnership with DLINQ for use in a fully online program.

As you iterate you course over semesters, you may wish to make changes and updates to your course. Continuous improvement is a hallmark of good teaching, and we encourage this – especially when changes are based on student feedback. As you consider making changes, it’s important to note that some elements of your course site need to remain unchanged.

Your course was designed using a template specifically designed for your online program. The purpose of your online program’s Canvas template is to help create a consistent organization and structure across courses in your program. The program’s template provides a familiar learning environment for students – much like walking into a familiar building on campus – and reduces the extraneous cognitive load they experience when having to figure out how to navigate different Canvas course structures.

Your course will go through continuous improvement cycles and you will wish to iterate and make changes – and there are lots of small changes that you should feel free to make on your own. However, major changes to learning objectives or competencies, course structure, or layout should be discussed with your program chair and DLINQ, to avoid making changes that are out of sync with the program consistency criteria.

Please do not change

  • The use of the home page as the landing page for the course.
  • The structure and major elements of the home page. You are welcome to change out the images and text, but primary elements – the layout and design of the heading including the navigation buttons, the course welcome, info about course learning objectives and competencies, and the instructor information – should all remain.
  • Please do not delete the Welcome and Introductions module. You may decide to edit or make changes to the info contained in that module, but it is important that every course begin with this module.
  • Please do not delete the Course Resources module. This provides fully online students with easy access to core MIIS services.  You can feel free to add pages you think are helpful to the students.
  • If you’re editing existing items in your modules, you should retain the layout, including the section headings and the blue progress bar at the bottom of the page. (The easiest way to do this is to duplicate items from the Template module. Items in the Template module should never be modified.)
  • Competencies, learning objectives and key assignments (this is usually the final assignment). These items are aligned and provide the backbone for curricular consistency within the program. If you have questions about these items, please consult your Online Program Director.

Customizable elements of your course

  • On the home page, you can customize the course title, course welcome, your instructor info, and the image (see below for instructions)
  • You can edit existing content in your modules – revise instructions, swap readings and videos, etc.
  • You can create new pages/activities/assignments by duplicating an existing template page and changing the name and details. Please see above re: maintaining the layout of those pages and just customizing the contents.

Updating Videos and Video Captioning

You may wish to record new videos or re-record previously made videos for your course. We strongly recommend that you review the Video Recording Checklist for Faculty for guidance on preparing your content to record, preparing to record your video, and recording your video.

Your course videos are required to have captions and transcripts. In addition to the legal requirement to make content accessible, accessibility is a key component of designing inclusive and equitable learning environments. For example, while video captions were designed to facilitate access to video content for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, they are also useful for students who are learning English, and to understand fast speech.

To create captions and transcripts, you can:

  • contact DLINQ for assistance. In some cases, DLINQ can assist with creating captions and transcripts, if the team has capacity to do so. This requires at least three weeks lead time to generate captions and transcripts.
  • create your own captions and transcript using Panopto’s auto-caption tool by following these instructions