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Faculty Resources

Building an Online Course

By incorporating proven instructional design strategies and utilizing the most effective pedagogical principles, we can work together to meet the diverse learning styles of our students. An instructional designer is available for consultation, design and development of supplemental course materials for use in online instruction, and training in the use and integration of the most effective and appropriate instructional technology tools.

Teaching an Online Course

Prior to teaching online for KU, each faculty member must successfully complete the Teaching Online Certification Course (TOCC).  The TOCC  is based on the Quality Matters© rubric and has been developed collaboratively and is co-facilitated by a team of Instructional Designers from Kutztown, CalU, Clarion, Lock Haven, Edinboro and Shippensburg Universities. Each of the TOCC-affiliated universities, including KU, subscribes to the Quality Matters© program and utilizes the QM© rubric as the basis for Distance Education teaching support and course design consultation. 

If you are new to teaching online for KU and have not yet successfully completed the TOCC, please contact Douglas Scott 484-646 or via email.

Supporting an Online Course  

Consultation, training and personalized support services are available throughout the year to support faculty teaching online for their first time, as well as provide support for faculty transitioning from teaching face-to-face to teaching online.

Staff from the Office of Distance Education can work cooperatively with each faculty member to assist in enhancing the overall quality of student-centered learning.

Faculty members can participate in one‐on‐one training sessions on the use of a variety of instructional technology tools as well as strategies for effectively teaching and engaging students in an online environment.

D2L and Technical Support

Faculty Help Resources and Tutorials

Course Elements

Adding a Link (pdf/video)
Adding Content - Module (pdf/video)
Adding Content - Create a New File (pdf/video)
Adding Content - Upload File (pdf/video)
Adding Content - Embedding Films on Demand Videos (pdf)
Adding Course Files (pdf/video)
Adding New Activities to the Content Area (pdf/video)
Adding Links to Existing Activities in the Content Area (pdf/video)
Bookmarks in D2L (pdf)
Creating, Editing, and Linking in the HTML Editor (pdf/video)
Downloading Dropbox Submission Files (pdf/video)
Downloading Individual Content Items (pdf/video)
Formula Field Functions (pdf)
Insert Stuff Tool (pdf/video)
Manage Files - Upload and Add Multiple Files (pdf/video)
Reading List (Curriculum Builder) (pdf/video)
Reordering Content (pdf/video)
Setting Restrictions for Content Modules (pdf/video)
Updating a Document Link on a Content Page (pdf)
Wiki Student Guide (pdf)

Campus Pack External Learning Tools
Campus Pack: Blog (pdf)
Campus Pack: Journal (pdf)
Campus Pack: Wiki (pdf)
Creating Group & Individual Wikis in Campus Pack (pdf)

Assessing Discussion Postings (pdf)
Attaching Files to a Discussion posting (pdf)
Marking Discussions as "Read" (pdf)
Restrict Discussions to One Group (pdf/video)
Saving Discussion Postings (pdf/video)
Setting up Discussions (pdf/video)
Subscribing to a Discussion (pdf)

Setting up a Dropbox (pdf/video)

TurnItIn & OriginalityCheck (Plagiarism Detection)
Enabling Originality Check (pdf)
TurnItIn Grademark (pdf/video)
Obtaining OriginalityCheck/Grademark Feedback for Students (pdf)

Attaching Quizzes to Grades (pdf/video)
Changing an Answer After a Quiz (pdf)
Copy Questions from Quizzes to the Question Bank (pdf/video)
Creating a Question Bank with the Question Library (pdf)
Creating a Quiz (pdf/video)
Creating a Quiz with Random Questions (pdf/video)
Creating Quiz Questions (pdf/video)
Importing Individual Quiz Questions to the Question Library (pdf/video)
Importing Quiz Questions from the Question Library to a Quiz (pdf)
Multi-Select Quiz Questions (pdf/video)
Printing Quizzes (pdf/video)
Quiz Average and Statistics (pdf/video)
Resetting a Quiz Attempt (pdf/video)
Submitting a Quiz for a Student (pdf/video)
Viewing a Student's Quiz Submission (pdf/video)

Respondus LockDown Browser
Respondus Browser Instructor Guide (pdf)
Respondus Browser Student Overview Video (mp4)
Respondus Browser Student Guide - Mac (pdf)
Respondus Browser Student Guide - Windows (pdf)


Adding and Removing Users (pdf/video)
Sending an Email to the Classlist from D2L (pdf/video)

Creating Groups (pdf/video)
Creating Group Discussions (pdf)
Creating Group Dropboxes (pdf)


Attendance Register Setup (pdf)
Attendance Schemes Setup (pdf)
Taking Attendance (pdf)

Creating a Checklist (pdf/video)


Bonus Points in D2L Gradebook (pdf/video)
Creating and Managing Grade Schemes (pdf/video)
Creating Grade Items (pdf/video)
Exporting Grades (pdf/video)
Hiding Grade Items from Student View (pdf/video)
Importing Grades (pdf/video)
Publishing Grades to the Gradebook (pdf)
Releasing Final Grades (pdf/video)

Edit Course/Course Administration

Site Setup
Activating a Course (pdf/video)

Site Resources
Copying Components from Another Course (pdf/video)
Exporting Course Components (pdf/video)
Importing Exam Cartridges and Course Content (pdf/video)
Manage Dates Tool (pdf/video)


Accessing Library Databases (pdf/video)
Adding Audio to a PowerPoint Presentation (pdf/video)
Blackboard Collaborate - Windows (pdf)
Blackboard Collaborate - Mac (pdf)
Creating and Updating a News Item (pdf/video)
Email Preferences and Signature (pdf/video)
Setting Release Conditions (pdf/video)