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Engaging eLearning
EEND and MSED-713

  • Template 2015
  • Section TMPL
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/22/2015 to 07/22/2115
  • Modified 12/08/2020

Mission Statement

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership. 


Teaches prospective and in-service educators (K-12 through higher education) how to design, develop and deliver engaging e-learning in their own setting, whether materials are part of an online course or in a blended format (e.g., flipped learning).  Candidates will learn e-learning instructional design, how to locate and develop materials and how to effectively deliver e-learning via creative teaching strategies and collaborative communities.  Candidates will learn how different types of technologies relate to various types of e-learning activities so that e-learning teaching practices can be tailored with available technologies.  Suggested resources for technologies will be provided rather than instruction on specific technologies.


For K-12 pre-service teachers: a course in teaching pedagogical theory appropriate to the teaching level
As needed for higher education professors/instructors: a course in adult learning theory (Recommended: USF courses TDEV 703 Meeting the Needs of Adult Learners, 1 credit OR TDEV 704 Adult Learning Styles, 1 credit)


College of Education Mission

The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.

Understanding Students

Candidates will develop an understanding of how to engage students through effective e-learning design, development, and delivery of online course materials.

Serving the Community

Candidates will have opportunities to explore the value of developing a community within their own online/blended classrooms and the world at large.  They will develop skills and strategies to support student learning with technological communication and collaboration tools via a learning management system or other access points for materials.

Finding Our Professional Selves

Candidates will develop essential components for online/blended instruction that can be immediately applied in a real setting.


Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE

By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Evaluate what creates effective and engaging e-learning. (ISTE 5b, 6b; NBPTS 1–4)
  2. Create an effective and engaging course design/repository. (ISTE 2b, 5b-c; NBPTS 1–4)
  3. Develop assessments that measure aligned objectives and outcomes. (ISTE 7b-c; NBPTS 1–4)
  4. Integrate resources that are effective and engaging. (ISTE 5c, 6a-b; NBPTS 1–4)
  5. Demonstrate how to have students work collaboratively and independently online. (ISTE 4b, 5a, 6a; NBPTS 1–4)
  6. Explain how to deliver an online course. (ISTE 5a, 6d; NBPTS 1–5)
  7. Implement creative and varied teaching strategies. (ISTE 2c, 4a, 5a-b; NBPTS 1–4)
  8. Select appropriate strategies for managing the course/materials. (ISTE 5c; NBPTS 1–5)


All required materials are included within the online course environment.



Assignment One – Discussions and Reflections
Candidates will respond to weekly discussions and reflection prompts.

  • Course outcomes: 1, 5, 6
  • Standards: ISTE 4a, 5a-b, 6a-b, 6d; NBPTS 1–5

Assignment Two – eLearning Course/Unit Design (Part 1)
Candidates will begin eLearning unit design to include the unit overview, outcomes, prerequisite skills, and assessments.

  • Course outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8
  • Standards: ISTE 2b-c, 4a-b, 5a-c, 6a-b, 7b-c; NBPTS 1–5

Assignment Three – eLearning Course/Unit Design (Part 2)
Candidates will continue eLearning design to include a timeline of lesson sequence.

  • Course outcomes: 1, 2, 7, 8
  • Standards: ISTE 2b-c, 4a, 5a-c, 6b; NBPTS 1–5

Assignment Four – Assessment with Rubric
Candidates will create an assessment for the completed module/unit/course with rubric and intended delivery method.

  • Course outcomes: 3
  • Standards: ISTE 7b-c; NBPTS 1–4

Assignment Five - Open Educational Resource
Candidates will locate one high-quality OER and provide a rationale on how it supports their eLearning unit.

  • Course outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 7
  • Standards: ISTE 2b-c, 4a, 5a-c, 6a-b; NBPTS 1–4

Assignment Six– Create a Multimedia Resource
Candidates will create one multimedia resource and provide a rational on how it supports their eLearning unit.

  • Course outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 7
  • Standards: ISTE 2b-c, 4a, 5a-c, 6a-b; NBPTS 1–4

Assignment Seven – Orientation/Course Road Map
Candidates will create an orientation or course roadmap with learner support components and expectations for working online.

  • Course outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5
  • Standards: ISTE 2b, 4b, 5a-c, 6a-b; NBPTS 1–4

Assignment Eight – Professional Learning Blog
Candidates will create a professional blog to house artifacts and reflections that they have created within the course.

  • Course outcomes: 1, 5, 6, 7
  • Standards: ISTE 2c, 4a-b, 5a-b, 6a-b, 6d; NBPTS 1–5

Course Policies

Policies for the College of Education at University of St. Francis

CLICK HERE (requires active student account) for policies, including but not limited to:

  • Method of Instruction
  • Expectations of Candidates
  • Online Courses
  • Attendance Policies for Site-Based and Online Courses
  • Minimum Standards for Writing
  • Computer and Digital Information Literacy Skills

Course Evaluations | Surveys

Information gathered through course evaluations and surveys is an important part of maintaining quality and continuous improvement in courses, and it is the University’s expectation that students will thoughtfully participate in this evaluation process.

Institutional Policies

Students should use the USF portal as the first resource for guidance and support on items such as student complaints, safety, security and transportation questions, contact information for various USF departments, student support services such as counseling and academic resources. Information on these resources can be found in the For Students section of the USF portal.

A complete listing of university policies and procedures can be found in the University of St. Francis Catalog and Student Handbooks. 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity requires that all academic work be wholly the product of an identified individual or individuals. Collaboration is only acceptable when it is explicitly acknowledged. Ethical conduct is the obligation of every member of the University community, and breaches of academic integrity constitute serious offenses. Since a lack of integrity hinders the student’s academic development, it cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. Violations include but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and denying others access to information or material. See the University of St. Francis Catalog for further clarification and information on grievance procedures.

Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (ADA)

The University strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). A student who requires special accommodations or arrangements due to a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services. This contact preferably should occur no later than the first week of classes. Early contact before the semester starts is encouraged to allow sufficient time to provide accommodations. Extra time is needed for some types of accommodations such as sign language interpreters or special text formatting. Should a need arrive after the start of a semester; the student is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible. Note that accommodations are not retroactive. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

USF is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in its programs, regardless of the course format. If you have a documented disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a course, complete course requirements, or benefit from the University’s programs or services, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 815-740-3631 or [email protected] . The Office of Disability Services is in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and is located on the second floor of the LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Library in room L214. Consultations are welcome, please contact the Office of Disability Services for an appointment.

Technology Support

  1. The Department of Academic Technology (DAT) administers the learning management system Canvas. If you are experiencing any difficulty using Canvas or need technical assistance, you have several options to receive support, including:
  1. 24x7 Live Canvas Support. If you experience technical difficulties or have a question about Canvas, you can receive support 24 hours a day 7 days a week through the Canvas help menu. From the help menu, select Chat with Canvas Support for a “live” text-based click-to-chat session,
  2. select Report a Problem to send an email support request, or speak to someone directly by using the toll-free number listed under the Canvas Support Hotline.

NOTE: Responses to Canvas’ email-based Report a Problem request system will go to your USF email account, NOT your personal email.

2. Online Self-Service Help Resources. A student user guide and other resources for solving issues related to Canvas can be found at LearnItNow

3. Telephone Support from DAT. You can also phone the Department of Academic Technology for personal help at (815) 740-5080 or (866) 337-1497 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

For any technical support issues that are not related to Canvas, please contact the USF Technology Support Center (TSC). You can reach them via:

Notice of Copyright

This course may contain copyrighted materials that are intended to support the learning experiences of students currently enrolled in the course. No student may retain or further disseminate any copyrighted materials, in their entirety or any portion thereof, under penalty of law.

Academic Support Services

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) located in Room L214 in the Library (815-740-5060) offers various types of academic services.  Online and distance learning students can contact ARC for appropriate resources.  ARC serves students who need tutoring in many areas of study including writing and math.  Library services include a number of online services and full text databases.  Call the Library at 815-740-5041 for additional information.  If you need academic-related resources or assistance, please contact the Academic Resource Center.

Additional Items

Course References

For all enrolled in course:

Title: Essentials of Online Course Design—A Standards-Based Guide

Author: Marjorie Vai & Kristen Sosulski

ISBN: 978-0-415-87300-0

Publisher: Routledge

For K-12 participants only:

Title: Making the Move to K-12 Online Teaching—Research-Based Strategies and Practices

Author: Kerry Rice

ISBN: 978-0-13-210761-7

Publisher: Pearson

For Higher Education participants only:

Title: Teach Beyond Your Reach—An Instructor’s Guide to Developing and Running Successful Distance Learning Classes,  

Workshops, Training Sessions, and More (second edition)

Author: Robin Neidorf

ISBN: 978-1-937290-01-6

Publisher: Information Today, Inc.