Best Practices

Best Practices

Best practices in online teaching and learning are a general set of guidelines that can guide instructors when making pedagogical decisions about their courses. For example, in online courses it is important to clearly set the expectations of students on a regular basis so that they are confident in knowing what the course objectives are and how to meet those objectives. E-Learning is certainly aware that faculty often do not have extra time to invest in learning new tools and approaches. Because of this, e-Learning is happy to meet with and assist faculty in adding best practice elements with an eye toward improving student engagement.

UGHE Style Guide for Canvas

The UGHE Style Guide for Canvas is a set of recommended standards to use when creating your online course. For example the Style Guide has recommendations for online components such as: Page Layout, Color Palette, Typography, Images and so on.

Canvas Course Evaluation Checklist

The Canvas Course Evaluation Checklist is a checklist of design components organized to support online instructors in improving their courses. If you are a new or seasoned online instructor it is recommended that you review the checklist (It’s only four pages in length). 

ARCS Model

The ARCS Model  is an acronym of the strategies used to ensure continued motivation: Attention, Relevance, Confidence, and Satisfaction. The goal of the ARCS Model is to ensure that students in your courses are motivated. UGHE was lucky to have Dr. Charles Hodges speak on the topic during our series of webinars.  

SAMR Model

The SAMR Model, standing for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition, is a model that categorizes the level of technology integration in classrooms. What this model can do for instructors is to help them utilize the tools in Canvas to increase student engagement.