START STRONG MODULES | From Concept to Course

Start Strong (enroll in the Quercus course) is a series of self-directed modules, short demos, and hands-on workshops, designed to get you ready to teach your courses. They are heavy on practical implementation, but also feature key instructional design principles to help you develop the Quercus course(s) that reflect you and your teaching style. 

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1. Self-paced modules

The four core modules hosted in this Quercus course introduce you to key concepts for building your course. In each module, you will complete 1 to 3 essential tasks to help you advance with your course design and set-up. You can also explore additional resources to support course planning and design. You can access these modules after you have been enrolled in the Start Strong Quecus course. For an orientation to the course, begin with the Getting Started module. Then, work through the other modules in sequence. 

2. Learning together events

In addition to the Start Strong Quercus course, we have developed a series of three, 60-minute, synchronous (live) facilitated workshops hosted on MS Teams. These sessions build on the self-paced activities in the modules to let you progress with your course design. These will typically include a short demo, followed by guided practice and discussion activities. While you can use the modules at any time during the year, the Learning Together synchronous sessions will be scheduled periodically throughout the year.



What should I do to get started?

  1. Enroll in the Start Strong Quercus course
  2. Review the course outcomes and tasks you will be completing
  3. Sign up for the synchronous sessions for each module (if particpating as part of a cohort)


Module 01

What will I do in Plan (Module 01)?

  1. Define your course format & modalities
  2. Explore tools for face-to-face, online, and hybrid modalities
  3. Draft your course learning outcomes (OPTIONAL)
  4. Schedule a consultation with the ETO to review your outcomes (OPTIONAL)


Module 02

What will I do in Build (Module 02)?

  1. Explore a course template and learn how to modify it to suit your needs
  2. Organize your course content for ease of access
  3. Create course content, including modules, and pages
  4. Attend a synchronous session; based on cohort (OPTIONAL)


Module 03

What should I do to get started?

  1. Create sample assessments using the Assignment and Quiz tools
  2. Organize your Gradebook
  3. Review options for providing students with frequent, actionable feedback
  4. Attend synchronous session  2 (OPTIONAL; see if an upcoming session is scheduled)
  5. Sign up for the synchronous sessions for each module (if particpating as part of a cohort)


Module 04

What will I do in Engage (Module 04)?

  1. Explore Discussions and other tools to build and maintain a community of learners
  2. Select tools for initial and ongoing communication and student support (Announcements, Inbox)
  3. Attend synchronous session 3 (OPTIONAL; see if an upcoming session is scheduled)
  4. Schedule a consultation with the ETO to review your outcomes (OPTIONAL)


Wrap up

What should I do to finish?

  1. Publish your course
  2. Submit your course for review (OPTIONAL)
  3. Share what you have learned with others via our Lessons Learned webinar series
  4. Sign-up for an individual or group consultation with the ETO (OPTIONAL)

Want to level up your Quercus course?

Have you considered trying a Quercus course templateCourse templates can be useful starting points. They can be imported as a file into your sandbox or course and then edited, as desired.

How to use this template:

  1. Navigate to the FASE Quercus Template Course
  2. Export the Quercus Course
  3. Import the Quercus Course into your course shell (or sandbox)
Go to the FASE Template Course

Screencapture (Recording) Guides

Are you self-capturing content (perhaps from your office, home, or other location)? Check out the Screen Captures guides for suggestions before you beginhardware and software recommendations, and technical instructions or review the ETO's full guide to self-recording content.

Video Production Guides

Video is a common component in online modules and there are many different types of video that might work for your project. For an overview of different types, view the video overview matrix

Module e-Authoring Guides

eAuthoring refers to the application used to build the module instrastructure. We typically use Articulate - either Storyline or Rise. You can learn about the different types of Storyline Assessments or Rise Interaction Types.

Personalized Development Support

We're here to help! We can provide consultation, advice, and even help with production. We try to keep you doing what only an instructor can do by supporting what can be divvied out to a development team. Contact us via email or book a consultation.