Online & Blended Teaching

Designing and delivering an Online or Hybrid course takes considerable planning and effort. The Faculty Center staff would like to help you get started. We provide custom consultations, workshops, and resources to assist any SSU instructor, whether you are experienced teaching in an online/hybrid modality or you simply wish to explore options to enhance your face-to-face courses with online resources and engaging learning activities.

Online & Blended Teaching Excellence Program

In Spring 2018, the SSU Faculty Center is offering an intensive, hands-on semester-long professional development course for online and blended instruction for up to 15 SSU Faculty. The program is co-facilitated by SSU faculty members Dr. Krista Wolcott and Dr. Kristin Denver. Participants will experience the experience of being an online student while simultaneously building a redesigned online or hybrid course to be offered in Summer 2018. Participants in this program may be eligible to receive up to $2000 to complete the course. Bi-weekly sessions will cover best practices with online course design and delivery, and dedicated time is available with Faculty Center staff to help during the redesign process.

Consultations & Workshops

Please review our workshop list or contact the Faculty Center front desk at 707-664-2659 or to make an appointment.

Sonoma state defines the following course modalities in the SSU’s Online and/or Hybrid Instruction Policy:

  • Online Course - A course where most or all of the content is delivered online. Typically has no face-to-face meetings.
  • Hybrid Course (Blended) - A course that blends online and face-to-face delivery. Substantial proportion of the content is delivered online, typically uses online discussions, and typically has a reduced number of face-to-face meetings.
  • Web-Facilitated Course - A course that uses web-based technology to facilitate what is essentially a face-to-face course. May use a course management system or web pages to post the syllabus and assignments. This is not considered online or hybrid format.

Review the campus policy, the CSU Online Teaching Best Practices Rubric, QuARRy faculty examples, and Universal Design/Accessibility considerations. We are committed to supporting instructional design and facilitation that promotes student engagement and success.

Moodle, SSU’s learning platform, is available to all faculty teaching SSU courses, regardless if the course is taught face-to-face or fully online. Several Moodle courses/sections may be merged (metacourse) into a single course. Additionally content may be copied from semester to semester. Students are automatically enrolled in Moodle.

Faculty provide students with flexible ways of learning when they use Moodle to:

  • Share accessible syllabi, lecture recordings, affordable learning materials, library resources, and online multimedia.
  • Engage students with collaborative learning activities including forums, glossaries, assignments and Zoom web conferencing session.
  • Assess student learning and provide them timely feedback with interactive quizzes, annotated comments, peer-review activities, integrated rubrics, academic integrity checks with Turnitin, and an online gradebook.
  • Communicate with the class and individual students with Moodle mail, forums, chat, and web conferencing (Zoom web conferencing).
  • Collect student work with Moodle activities such as assignments, forums, and Turnitin.
  • Web conference to meet your entire class online or invite remote guest speakers into your class with Zoom web conferencing. Zoom includes webcam, voice, chat, screen-share for PowerPoint and other applications, and chat.

The following tools are provided by the campus to facilitate collaboration and engagement with your students online with each of the following activities.

  • Google Apps:
    • Sheets
    • Docs
    • Slides
    • Forms
    • Sites
    • YouTube
    • Drive
  • Moodle:
    • Wiki
    • Glossary
    • Workshops with peer review
    • Forums
    • Turnitin PeerMark
  • Zoom
    • WebCam Video Discussions
    • Chat
    • Screen-Sharing
    • Simple Polls
    • Screen Annotation
    • Break-out sessions
    • Online student debates
    • Online group study and projects
  • Moodle
    • Quizzes (Multiple Choice, T/F, Matching, Essay, Short Answer, and more)
    • Assignments (rubric grading available)
    • Choice
    • Moodle Gradebook
    • Workshop with Peer Review
    • Questionnaire
  • Qualtrics Survey System
  • Turnitin (Academic Integrity Check, Grademark, PeerMark, Rubrics)

Below are some excellent training opportunities and resources to learn more about designing and facilitating online courses.