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The Telfer School of Management has developed a Brightspace course template for Telfer instructors. The designs were kept simple and offer limited customization to keep consistency between courses.

By adopting this template, you will help create consistency across Telfer’s online courses, making it easier for students to find important information in predictable places. The template can be imported in part or in full. Instructions on importing the template are below.

To request support with the template, please contact Abdul Kane at abdul.kane@telfer.uottawa.ca.

Getting Started

The template is organized in a Module structure, but you can rename the modules should you prefer to adopt a Weekly structure or organize the course material by Themes/Topics.

The template is composed of an Overview page and of the following modules:

  • Course Introduction
    • Welcome page
    • Course Schedule
    • Course Assessments
    • How to do well in the course?
    • Code of Conduct
  • Module 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Peer Evaluation
  • Learner Support
    • Submodule on Learning Tools and Tutorials (Brightspace, Zoom, MS Teams)
    • Submodule on Online Exam Proctoring (Respondus Monitor, LockDown Browser and Zoom)

The template is available as at zip file. Follow the instructions on how to import the template in your course.

  1. Download the zip file above.
  2. Enter your new course.
  3. Click on Course Admin on the top navigation bar.
  4. Select Import/Export/Copy Components.
  5. Select Import file.
  6. Browser your computer and attach the zip file you just downloaded.
  7. Select Import all components.
  8. Wait a few seconds for the course import to be complete.
  9. Click Content to see the course template.

The template is available as at zip file. Follow the instructions on how to import the template in your course.

  1. Download the zip file above.
  2. Enter your new course.
  3. Click on Course Admin on the top navigation bar.
  4. Select Import/Export/Copy Components.
  5. Select Import Components.
  6. Click Start.
  7. Click Advanced Options. Then Continue.
  8. Check the items you’d like to copy.
  9. Click Continue and follow the steps to complete the import.
  10. Click Content to see the components.

Once you’ve imported the template into your course, please refer to the following section to find out how to update the content.


Editing the Template

Overview Page

The Overview Page is the first thing students see when they click into your course. The purpose of this page is to communicate the key elements of the course and also help students navigate through the course.

Click inside the page to access the text editor. You will see editing options on top of the page (e.g. bold, italic, hyperlinks, etc.)

  • Update the course introduction message. You may want to list the course objectives and how they relate to the program objectives.
  • The 4 quadrants are internal links to submodules located under the Course Introduction module. They are important elements of the syllabus.
  • Update the Instructor & TA Contact information
  • Update the About the Virtual Classes box to include information about your
    synchronous lectures.
  • Click Add attachment at the bottom of the page and attach your syllabus (in
    pdf).
  • Optional: Include any additional links under Student Resources that are relevant to
    the course.

Course Introduction Module

The purpose of this module is to set expectations for how the course operates. The Course Introduction module is composed of five submodules:

  1. Welcome
  2. Course Schedule
  3. Course Assessments
  4. How to do well in the course?
  5. Code of Conduct

The description area of the Course Introduction module (on top of the page) provides details on the following:

  • Your pedagogical approach in the course. Describe the mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching in your course and how both modalities support each other.
  • Communication in the course. Clarify what can be expected from you (e.g. Announcements, Emails, contribution to Discussions on Brightspace, or Channels on MS Teams, etc.) and the students.
  • Course organization. There are different ways of structuring the course content, using a Module structure, Weekly structure or per Theme/Topic.

On the left hand-side menu, click on Course Introduction. Click inside the description area to access the text editor. You will see editing options on top of the page (e.g. bold, italic, hyperlinks, etc.).

  • Remove the text in [square brackets] and the examples provided.
  • Click the html editor icon on the bottom right-hand side corner of the page to edit the content in html (e.g. to add the embed code for an MS Stream video).
  • You can also add a short course introduction with the general course or program objectives (e.g. B.Com, MBA, etc.).
  • Click Update to save the changes.

On the left hand-side menu, click on Course Introduction. The Welcome submodule will appear underneath. Click on Welcome.

  • Click inside the description area to access the text editor. You will see editing options on top of the page (e.g. bold, italic, hyperlinks, etc.).
  • Include a message or short video clip to welcome your students to the course. Remove the text in [square brackets] after.
  • Add a profile picture. Use https://crop-circle.imageonline.co/ to create circle profile pictures.
  • Click the html editor icon on the bottom right-hand side corner of the page to edit the content in html (e.g. to add the embed code for an MS Stream video)

On the left hand-side menu, click on Course Introduction. The How to do well in the course submodule will appear underneath. Click on How to do well in the course.

  • Click inside the description area to access the text editor. You will see editing options on top of the page (e.g. bold, italic, hyperlinks, etc.).
  • Online Lectures: update the information in [square brackets] to include the day and time of your lectures, if they will be on Zoom, MS Teams or Adobe Connect, and whether the lectures will/will not be recorded.
  • Weekly Activities & Assessments: populate the table to include the activities and assessments students are required to complete each week. Include due dates where relevant.
  • Update the last updated date at the bottom of the page so students know when changes are made during the term.

On the left hand-side menu, click on Course Introduction. The Course Assessments submodule will appear underneath. Click on Course Assessments.

  • Click inside the description area to access the text editor. You will see editing options on top of the page (e.g. bold, italic, hyperlinks, etc.).
  • Populate the table with the assessments that make up the final grade. Include how much each assessment item is worth.
  • Include additional information for each assessment below the table (e.g. requirements, how to submit, due dates, online proctoring, etc.)

On the left hand-side menu, click on Course Introduction. The How to do well in the course submodule will appear underneath. Click on How to do well in the course.

  • Click inside the description area to access the text editor. You will see editing options on top of the page (e.g. bold, italic, hyperlinks, etc.).
  • Add any important information for students to do well in this course, an estimate of the time commitment (5 to 6 hours per week online) and prep time for virtual classes
  • Add details on class participation (in synchronous sessions and outside of class hours using discussions fora, MS Teams, etc.).
  • Add links or resources to support student wellbeing in your course.

Course Modules

Modules are aimed at helping students access the course materials easily and keep the course organized. Each module (e.g. Module 1, Module 2, Module 3, etc.) starts with a Module Overview in the description area at the top of the page, where you can:

  • Add a short description about the module (or a short video clip).
  • Add the learning objectives for the module.
  • Add a to-do list for the module (e.g. activities and assessments).

You can then upload files, add links, create pages to share the course materials with the students (e.g. PPT slides, case studies, video recordings, handouts) from each week. You can also add links to course activities & assessments (e.g. Quizzes, Assignments, Discussions, etc.).

To help students keep track of their learning, you can create Checklists, where you list all the different activities they need to complete in a particular module. Students will need to check each activity to complete the checklist, and see it reflected in their progress bar. Note that Module 1 contains a sample Checklist.

  • To add a checklist, click Upload / Create and select New Checklist in the drop down menu.
  • Enter a Title (e.g. Module 1 Checklist) and instructions, and Save.
  • Click Add a new List and rename “List 1” (e.g. Reading of an article, Lecture notes, etc.). You don’t need to add a new task underneath, keep it simple.
  • Make sure the checklist is visible to students (toggle the button to the right to make it visible to students).

  • To create more Modules, click Add a module at the bottom of the course menu.
  • You can then copy/paste the description of a previous module in the description page and update it.

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