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Access to Library Resources & Services: Course Building

If you are enrolled in or teaching an online course through UB, use this guide to learn about the resources and services available through the University Libraries.
Last Updated: May 9, 2022 9:50 AM

Managing and Building Your Course Online

The Center for Educational Innovation's (CEI) "Teaching Beyond the Classroom" website has everything you need to get your course online and organized. They are currently offering virtual workshops, registration can be accessed from their website.

For any faculty who require additional support as the University transitions to distance learning, CEI will be continuing these course building sessions until the end of March 2020. Their workshops are specifically designed to assist faculty in moving the remainder of their Spring 2020 course content to an online format. 

Course building options include: 

  • Remote sessions
  • Online one-on-one consults (for navigating specific issues)

Please visit the Emergency Online Course Building page for more information on these workshops.

In moments of classroom and teaching disruption it might be imperative to move a course fully online. If such an instance occurs, support for the task is available from a multitude of different places. Please refer to the information below for Best Practices as well as strategies and software you can employ to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Remember to focus on:

  • Communicating with students often. This will help in keeping students accountable.

  • Reaching out to your departmental colleagues and leaders as you put your course together. Share ideas and resources to lessen the load.

  • Setting realistic goals for instruction and remember what the priorities and learning outcomes of your course are.

  • What class participation will really look like now.

Tips and Strategies

"Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start" from The Chronicle of Higher Education - This article details some strategies to get started when facing a time crunch. 

"Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption" by Cohn and Seltzer - This is a catch-all guide that addresses many questions and provides strategies that may help in building a course online. (Note: It was made for Stanford but refers to all of Higher Ed.)

Keep Teaching Strategies from Indiana University - IU's guide provides a checklist for the important things to focus on in course building from communicating with students to assessment of student learning.

Resources for Faculty and Institutions affected by Covid-19 from Cengage - This guide provides video tutorials and PDF road maps to assist in course building using online platforms. Please note that the University at Buffalo has access to various platforms that can be incorporated into the LMS Blackboard/UBLearns.

Using Zoom as an Online Platform for Lecture

The University at Buffalo provides access to  Zoom as online conferencing and meeting platform. If you, your faculty, or staff have any questions about either program, please contact the UBIT Help Center or by phone at 716-645-3542. 

Head of Education Services

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Cynthia Tysick
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