• Workshops for CHSS ODE

    Build a Web Course Workshop: Summer Edition

    BWC Application

    April-June online faculty development workshop on creating a hybrid or online course that meets Quality Matters standards. Includes five weeks of online material, one face-to-face meeting, and two synchronous online meetings covering online pedagogy, rationale for elearning, Quality Matters, and instructional technology. This workshop is based off the Build a Web Course Workshop, which won the 2010 Sloan C Award for Excellence in Faculty Development for online Teaching.

    Advanced Skills Update Workshop

    ASUW Application

    Semester-long, completely online advanced faculty development workshop. Participants update skills and learn about new trends and latest research in online learning. This workshop includes nine online modules in three categories: tools, trends, and research/pedagogy. Participants complete three modules per month as they also develop their online or hybrid courses. This workshop includes modules on advanced skills such as creating and hosting websites, creating animations, and building accessible courses. This workshop was created as a team effort with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences online coordinators and the CHSS Office of Distance Education.

  • Courses in TCID

    TCOM 2010: Technical Writing

    Course Syllabus

    The course is an introduction to organization, style, and mechanics of technical writing. It includes practice in writing such typical documents as technical descriptions, instructions, proposals, and recommendation reports. Emphasis is placed on incorporating rhetorical theory into planning, organizing, and writing reports; designing visual aids; and editing. Among other assignments, at least one complete technical report is required.

    Course Objectives

    By the end of this course, you should be able to

    • write effective technical documents, including letters & memos, instructions & manuals, proposals, and technical reports.
    • prepare and effectively use graphics in technical documents.
    • apply principles of document design to various types of technical documents.
    • demonstrate audience awareness in the organization, design, and style of documents.
    • gather, record, and interpret research as a basis for a proposal, report, and/or presentation.
    • develop and demonstrate effective presentation skills.
    • apply the concepts of this course to your major and future careers.

    TCOM 3030: Instructional Design

    Course Syllabus

    The course introduces and applies systematic instructional design and instructor-led training. Students study a major model of instructional design and apply it to develop and refine a unit of instruction. Students prepare and deliver a training lesson, participate in team instructional design activities, and evaluate the training developed and presented by other students.

    Course Objectives

    By the end of this course, you should be able to

    • explain and apply current theories and models of instructional design and adult learning.
    • analyze purpose and audience for instructional design.
    • write measurable, clear, and effective learning objectives.
    • design and deliver instructional lessons and trainings using appropriate multimedia and content.
    • create and implement evaluation instruments to assess participant learning.
    • evaluate an instructional session or training.
  • Coursera MOOC

    Writing Professional Memos and Emails


    In this project-centered course, participants work on a continuous project, the writing of a professional email/memo. At the end of the course, they will write a clear and concise email/memo. The final product will be individualized to their professional endeavors and follow the guidelines for one of the common types of emails/memos explained in the course: directives, progress reports, incident reports, response to inquiries, and meeting minutes. Participants will gain a wealth of skills. They will learn about appropriate email/memo formats, common ways to organize email/memo contents, common email/memo routing protocols, and expectations upon writers in professional environments.