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Large Course Assignment and Assessment Ideas

Overview Large courses are those with a high student enrollment; these courses can present some unique challenges, particularly when it comes to grading student assignments...

Example Courses

Have you ever wondered what a really well-designed course looks like? These NC State courses have all been certified through the nationally recognized Quality Matters...

Engagement in Synchronous and Asynchronous Environments

Students must engage in their courses in order to learn. But what, exactly, do we mean by “student engagement?” And what teaching practices and strategies...

Helping Students Get Started in an Online Class

First impressions make a big difference in the online classroom. How can you ensure that your online learners feel welcome in the class and that...

Step-by-Step Online Course Creation Guide

This guide covers basic steps for creating an online course at NC State. The resources will help you incorporate some best practices and instructional design...

Best Practices for Designing Your Moodle Course

Overview How can you use Moodle to best organize and present your course content? How can Moodle help you achieve your instructional goals? In this...

Exam Best Practices

Unmonitored Assessments If possible, use alternative authentic assessments to assess your students in an unmonitored setting rather than using an exam. If your exams are...

Overall Course Design

Do you need to create an online course? Are you looking to improve the design of your Moodle course? Check out these guides, resources, and...

Commonly Used Instructional Design Models

Instructional design (ID) models provide structure to learning goals. The models are based on various learning theories in the realms of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism...

Real-time Assessments and Check-ins

Great teachers understand that learning is a conversation, not a monologue.  – Sir Ken Robinson Simple and quick, real-time assessments and check-ins are excellent tools...