Our mission is to promote student success at Texas State University by helping faculty design, develop, and teach effective face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses that provide relevant learning experiences to motivate and engage students. We do this by:
- Consulting with faculty to solve instructional problems by applying current research on learning and innovative teaching practices that support student-centered learning.
- Offering faculty development courses and workshops that teach faculty to use technology to meet instructional goals.
- Working with academic departments to develop online graduate degree programs.
- Supporting the design of learning spaces and training faculty on optimal use of these spaces.
To accomplish the above, we foster a spirit of collaboration, service, and outreach, as well as advocate for university policies that further our mission.
Meet Our Team
We consult with faculty on the following:
- Programmatic online course development, evaluation, and maintenance
- Single online or hybrid course development and evaluation.
- Increasing student engagement in face-to-face classrooms.
We offer or assist with the following workshops throughout the year. Refer to ITS Workshops to see what's currently available.
- Manage an Online Course and Still Have a Life (1 hr)
- Introduction to Rubrics (1 hr)
- Using Online Discussions Effectively (1 hr)
- Hybrid Course Teaching Experiences (1 hr)
- Online Collaboration: Supporting Student Teamwork (2 hr)
- Foundations of Online Course Design and Development (2- or 5-week formats)
Instructors design and develop one online lesson and the course components required for that lesson.
- Advanced Online Course Design and Development (semester long)
Instructors design and develop a fully online course, including all course components. Participation requires the department chair’s approval, including support for a course release funded by the Office of the AVPAA.
- Teaching Online Listserv: An email service that offers online instructors at TX State a way to exchange ideas, share frustrations and successes, and showcase methods for delivering fully online and hybrid courses.
- Online Course Development: A step-by-step primer for putting your course online. Includes examples and templates.
- Hybrid Course Development: A step-by-step primer for creating a hybrid course (mix of online and face-to-face sessions). Includes examples and templates.
- Programmatic Course Set Up: A guide for new and returning faculty who are teaching ITS-developed courses
- Advanced Course Set Up: A guide for faculty who are getting ready to teach courses they developed through the GOLD program
- Award for Excellence in Online Teaching: Annual competition sponsored by Texas State's Office of Distance and Extended Learning (ODEL)
- Distance Education Report Archives: Past issues of this Magna publications are available to Texas State faculty and staff through a license maintained by ITS.
For information about instructional design services, contact Ann Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512 245-2632.