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Engaging eLearning
EEND and MSED-713

  • Template 2015
  • Section TMPL
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/22/2015 to 07/22/2115
  • Modified 08/15/2023

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.


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)


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

Institutional Policies

Students should use the MyUSF 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 MyUSF portal.

  • A complete listing of university policies and procedures can be found in the University of St. Francis Catalog and Student Handbooks. Students are expected to follow all policies in the USF Catalog and Student Handbook, both of which can be found in the student portal.
  • Students are expected to be familiar with and follow the various procedures and guidelines regarding USF’s COVID-19 Response, including the USF Preparedness Plan and other materials incorporated in the Saints United resource hub (
  • Policies not covered in this document will be handled in accordance with the USF Catalog, Student Handbook, and Program Handbook as applicable.

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 Accessibility 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 Accessibility 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 Accessibility Services at 815-740-3631 or [email protected] . The Office of Accessibility Services is located on the third floor of Tower Hall in room N320. Consultations are welcome; please contact the Office of Accessibility Services for an appointment.

Technology Support

If you are experiencing any difficulty using Canvas or need technical assistance, you have several options to receive support:

  1. 24x7 Live Canvas Support. Canvas has a 24 hour support by clicking on ? Help while in Canvas. You can Chat with Canvas Support, Report a Problem, or call the Canvas Support Hotline. If you experience technical difficulties or have a question about Canvas, you can receive support 24 hours a day seven (7) days a week through the Canvas help menu. From the help menu; select Report a Problem to send an email support request, select Chat with Canvas Support (Student) for a “live” text-based click-to-chat session, or to speak to someone directly use the toll-free number listed under the Canvas Support Hotline (Student). 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
  3. You can phone the Technology Support Center for personal help at (815) 768-8324 or (866) 337-1497 (toll-free) between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday or fill out a Technology Support Center ticket and select Canvas/Online courses as the component.

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

Academic Support Services

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) located in Room N316 in Tower Hall (815-740-5060 or [email protected]) 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.