Redesigning Course Materials for Online Delivery
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Redesigning Course Materials for Online Delivery

The true challenge in delivering online materials is keeping the environment dynamic and interactive. The goal of this workshop is to provide suggestions and offer examples of how to retool current course materials and develop other instructional aids that will promote an effective online teaching and learning experience.

These resources are supplementary to the workshop entitled, "Redesigning Course Materials for Online Delivery" offered by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center of NIU. Click here to view a listing of current programs.

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Learning Object Samples:

  • Academic Integrity Tutorial for Students - NIU
    Tutorial aimed at increasing students' awareness of the issues and offering strategies to protect themselves from academic dishonesty situations
  • Acoustic & Vibration Animations - Dan Russell, Kettering University
    Animations which visualize certain concepts concerning acoustics and vibration.
  • America's Highway: Oral Histories of Route 66
    Project that intended to create both a history lesson on America of the past as well as a travel guide for visitors on 66 today.
  • Auscultation Assistant
    Hear heart mumurs, heart sounds, and breath sounds.
  • APA Style Essentials
    Essential elements of APA style, with links to PDF documents illustrating APA style.
  • Base Guitar Identification (Drill & Practice)
    Simple instrument drag and drop part identification game. Created by Tom Janke
  • Building a Transistor
    Explore how an individual Field Effect (FET) transistor is fabricated on a silicon wafer simultaneously with millions of its neighbors.
  • Bookmarks - Jason Rhode
    An example of a personal collection of bookmarks that can be shared with others using a social bookmarking service like
  • Democracy in America - Alexis DeTocqueville
    Employing unique new digital methods, this website attempts to construct a virtual America of ca. 1831-32. Visitors can take a virtual tour of America based on Alexis de Tocqueville's itinerary and other pertinent materials. The site also contains explorations of various aspects of that period.
  • DNA From The Beginning
    "DNA from the Beginning" is organized around key concepts.  The science behind each concept is explained by: animation, image gallery, video interviews, problem, biographies, and links.
  • Election 2000 (Site no longer active)
    Simple simulation of the US presidential election, focusing on the electoral college.
  • Factors Impacting Knowledge Creation and Generation (Site no longer active)
    Presentation by George Siemens developed using Articulate Engage.
  • Gene Almanac - Biology Animation Library
    A timely source for information about genes.
  • Google Lit Trips
    Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories took place.
  • Human Brain Anatomy
    An interactive Flash movie on designed to help students learn all about the structures of the brain.
  • Moody Friction Factor Calculator
    Online calculator that uses an equation to simulate the familiar Moody Diagram for determining friction factors for flows through pipes and ducts. Both turbulent and laminar flows are considered. Also provided are tables of properties for a few common liquids and gases, and for a number of pipe and duct materials.
  • Osteoporosis & Bone Physiology
    An excellent survey of osteoporosis suitable for a wide audience including practicing physicians.
  • Seeing, Hearing, & Smelling the World
    This site offers much information on the five senses and how they effect human development. The information is clear, catchy to the eye, and well explained.
  • Strength of Materials
    A set of notes covering the contents of mechanics of materials at the junior level in engineering.
  • Visible Heart
    This animation focuses on the gross anatomy of the human heart. The model of the heart is semitransparent, allowing users to see through the thick cardiac muscle into the four heart chambers. A Quick Time VR movie of a human heart is in the left window. Users can rotate it with the mouse to get a better view of structures that may otherwise be difficult to see. By using other keys, users can zoom in.

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Last Updated: 3/11/2015