Course Development Resources

Copying a D2L Course

If you have need to copy a D2L course from a fellow faculty member, please fill out the Consent to Copy D2L Course form to help streamline the process.

Licensed Tools

The Office of Digital Learning and Innovation provides premium account licenses for a variety of third party tools. 

  • Examity: A live proctoring service for students taking online exams within our Desire2Learn system.
  • Gather.Town: An online platform to building virtual spaces for people to live and interact more effectively online.
  • H5P: An asynchronous student engagement tool, able to be embedded into the D2L environment
  • Proctorio: An automated proctoring service for students taking online exams within our Desire2Learn system.
  • Poll Everywhere: A student response system designed to increase engagement in large-lecture settings. 
  • VoiceThread: A platform for group project collaboration and presentation. 

Contact Jessica Drass in the Office of Digital Learning and Innovation at

JDrass@wcupa.edu

to get set up with a premium account license or upgrade your existing free account to premium. 

Equipment Lending

The Office of Digital Learning and Innovation loans equipment to online faculty on a first-come, first-serve basis. Equipment we currently have available for loan includes:

  • Lenovo X380 Yoga laptop
  • Macbook Air
  • iPads w/ Apple Pencil (class set)
  • Swivl robots

Contact Jessica Drass in the Office of Digital Learning and Innovation at

JDrass@wcupa.edu

to check availability for this or any other equipment requests you may have.  

Web-based Apps

The Office of Digital Learning and Innovation has developed web-based applications to aid with the course development process:

  • The purpose of the Responsive Code Generator is to create an embed code for a responsive video (a video which changes size based on the device being used to view the video) which can be inserted onto a Desire2Learn module page. By ensuring your videos are responsive, students have a positive user experience on a desktop, tablet, or phone.
  • The YouTube Transcript Generator creates a Microsoft Word file containing the text of a YouTube video's automatically-generated closed captioning. This file can then be manually corrected and used as a transcript.

One-Button Studio

The One-Button Studio allows you to create high-quality video recording without having to know anything about lighting, audio, and video equipment. Simply insert a flash drive and press a button to record yourself either with or without a slideshow or in front of a green screen. For further information and to see a calendar for scheduling purposes, visit the One-Button studio page. 

Recording Booth

Located in Anderson Hall, Digital Learning and Innovation's Recording Booth is equipped with a high definition video camera, radio broadcast-quality microphone, and a dual-boot computer with commonly used recording software for both Mac and Windows. Now you can create content for your course with professional equipment and without the noise and distractions from your office or home. For further information and to see a calendar for scheduling purposes, visit the Recording Booth page.

Research-Based Practices and Tutorials

The following are open-source resources, housed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. This means you can download, revise, and disseminate these resources, non-commercially, as necessary.

Game-Based Learning Game Templates & Guides

Integrating a “game show” or game template into a class-period is a type of Game-based learning. These game templates can be used for just about any content area to review content categories with a series of questions, reinforce definitions and concepts, and provide students with practice opportunities. Not only can the game be great for review, but also the game-like learning style builds motivation and enthusiasm among the students while developing collaboration skills. Each accordion drop-down contains the game's appropriate files. Typically that is a WCU PowerPoint game template to be edited, a PDF document guide on how to edit the template, and a visual (no audio) walk-through of the PowerPoint template in presentation mode. Each of these files are downloadable. You can read more about game-based learning and gamification on our pedagogical approaches page. If you have any questions about the templates please contact the Office of Digital Learning & Innovation at distanceed@wcupa.edu.

 

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