TLT-2: Design

TLT-C-2a: Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
This workshop explores the Quality Matters Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online and blended courses. This is an essential workshop for faculty interested in applying the quality assurance strategies to their online courses.  During this workshop participants have the opportunity to explore many standards of the Quality Matters rubric in depth, and to apply those standards to a demo course. 


  • Identify the underlying principles of Quality Matters
  • Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program
  • Apply the QM Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014 to review online courses.
  • Make decisions on whether a course meets selected QM Rubric Standards.
  • Apply the concept of alignment.
  • Draft helpful recommendations for course improvement

Duration: One day face-to-face institute, 9a-3:00p
Dates: October 14, 2016; January 27, 2017


TLT-C 2b: Principles of Universal Design 
This course is meant as a stepping off point for building online courses that are usable and accessible. The content is intended to inspire further exploration and advocacy for designing materials that benefit students and help them achieve their educational goals.


  • Accessibility for online learning
  • Apply the principles of universal design to build accessible online courses and communities.
  • Promote the principles of universal design in support of making learning, connecting, and sharing available to everyone at your institution.
  • Advocate teacher and administrator awareness and training to ensure online learning policies and practices follow universal design principles.

Duration: One week hybrid course featuring a single, 3-hour face-to-face meeting and online work using Blackboard.
Dates: September 12-19, 2016; February 22 – March 1, 2017

TLT-C 2c: Aligning Learning Objectives with Course Content

In this two week hybrid course we'll concentrate on the practice of aligning course and module learning objectives with various course components.  Alignment refers to the concept of a direct link between the learning objectives and the learning materials, activities, assessments and the course technology. Faculty should be able to map how each course element supports ultimately relates back to the course/module learning objectives. The design and practice of alignment is essential to student success, and we'll explore the process through a critique of alignment samples and the construction of a course map.


  • The significance of Alignment
  • Creating course and module/unit learning objectives
  • Alignment and course design; creating a course map
  • The practice of alignment: critiquing alignment samples

: One week hybrid course featuring a single, 2-hour face-to-face meeting and online work using Blackboard.
Dates:  November 30 – December 7, 2016; April 12-19 2017


TLT-2d: Blended Learning Bootcamp
The Blended Learning Boot Camp is an introductory workshop for first-time blended learning course instructors intended to help faculty prepare a blended learning course. In this hybrid course faculty will explore, actively exchange and apply knowledge and ideas concerning blended learning course design and pedagogy. Faculty will develop a course designed for blended learning in this workshop.


  • Course Design Principle
  • Syllabus for a Blended Learning Course
  • Student Engagement Strategies
  • Assessment in a Blended Learning Course
  • Academic Integrity

Duration: One-day face-to-face institute, 9a-2:00p
Dates: May 16-19, 2016; January 9-13, 2017