Q: What does ICD stand for?
A: ICD stands for Intensive Course Development. It’s a great name but too long, so we often abbreviate it as ICD.
Q: How long is the training, and where do we meet?
A: The ICD course lasts for five weeks from the start date. There are no required face-to-face sessions for the course; we will use the Blackboard learning management system.
Q: How much time will this take?
A: This is very intensive, so plan on 6-8 hours each week.
Q: How do I find the course?
A: Login to the UM-Flint Blackboard system (http://bb.umflint.edu) using you uniqname and LAN password. Once in the system, you should see a module labeled “My Courses.” Listed will be ‘Courses you are teaching:’ and ‘Courses in which you are enrolled:’ Beginning the start date of the course, under ‘Courses in which you are enrolled:’ you should find a course with the title ‘Intensive Course Development.’ Click this link and you will enter the course.
Q: Will we be graded?
A: Yes! In an attempt to create a true learning environment there will be assignments, quizzes and required participation. All of the assignments are developed to give you broad exposure to different online teaching techniques so can employ in your online class.
Q: Are there any prerequisites?
A: Yes, there are two: Blackboard Basics and Faculty Intro to Online Teaching. Because the ICD course is an intensive hands-on development course, you need to have a general knowledge of the Blackboard learning management system and online teaching. Both are short, self-paced courses that are completely online.
Q: You said this is hands-on; where will I create my course?
A: When you begin the ICD course, OEL will create for you an empty course — DEV_ICD_yourname. You will have the role of instructor and use this course shell for your Blackboard Basics exercises and to create the content for the online course you are preparing to teach.
Q: If I create in this ICD shell, will I have to redo everything in my “real” course shell?
A: No, you will not need to redo anything. Whatever you create in the ICD shell can be copied over to the “real” course.