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Instructional Support/Training

Oregon Resources

Courseware Systems in Use at Oregon Campuses

Online and Distance Education


Instructional Design

Tools for Online/Distance Teaching

Training; Courseware Support/Evaluation


Resources in Oregon

Many universities and community colleges have developed guidebooks and training manuals for instructors developing and teaching via distance education modes (online, interactive video, other multimedia) which are available in print or online. A variety of resources for distance education faculty are available at the university or community college information technology websites listed below.

Oregon Faculty/Staff Resources

Central Oregon Community College

     ¤ Open Campus Resources for Faculty, Staff

Eastern Oregon University

     ¤ Computing and Telecommunications Services

Oregon Health & Science University

     ¤ Educational Communications

     ¤ Edu-Tech Center

Oregon Institute of Technology

     ¤ Web for Faculty

Oregon State University

     ¤ Information Services

     ¤ Communication Media Center

     ¤ Site Development Help and Tutorials

Portland Community College

     ¤ Faculty Resource Center

Portland State University

     ¤ Information Technology

     ¤ WebCT at PSU

Rogue Community College

     ¤ WebCT Support

Southern Oregon University

     ¤ Media Services

     ¤ Web Development

University of Oregon

     ¤ Computing Center

     ¤ Web Development

     ¤ Academic Learning Services

     ¤ Information Technology Center

     ¤ Media Services

Western Oregon University

     ¤ Instructional Media Services

     ¤ University Computing Services

Courseware Systems in Use at Oregon Campuses

Oregon campuses use a variety of online course management systems as well as standard HTML course pages. In some cases, a particular course management system has been chosen as the "officially supported" system by a campus (indicated in bold), with online instructors encouraged (but not always required) to use that system. Major courseware systems include:
Blackboard, WebCT, and eCollege.

Oregon University System

  • Eastern Oregon University: Blackboard, Dreamweaver coursebuilder
  • Oregon Health & Science University (affiliated): eCollege, Blackboard
  • Oregon Institute of Technology: eCollege, Blackboard
  • Oregon State University: Blackboard
  • Portland State University: WebCT
  • Southern Oregon University: Blackboard, EduSoft
  • University of Oregon: Blackboard, eCollege
  • Western Oregon University: WebCT, eCollege

Oregon Community Colleges

  • Blue Mountain Community College: eCollege
  • Central Oregon Community College: WebCT
  • Chemeketa Community College: Pipeline/WebCT, WebBoard
  • Clackamas Community College: Blackboard
  • Columbia Gorge Community College: WebCT
  • Klamath Community College: Jenzabar
  • Lane Community College: WebCT
  • Linn-Benton Community College: Blackboard, Ed2Go
  • Mt. Hood Community College: WebCT
  • Oregon Coast Community College: WebCT
  • Portland Community College: WebCT
  • Rogue Community College: WebCT
  • Southwestern Oregon Community College: WebCT
  • Treasure Valley Community College: Blackboard, WebBoard
  • Umpqua Community College: WebCT


  • COOLSchool: UCompass, customized course builder templates, Dreamweaver
  • Northwest WebSchool: Blackboard
  • PSU Independent Study: WebCT
  • SK Online: COLTS (Chemeketa OnLine Teaching System)
  • Southern Oregon Online School: Blackboard

Online and Distance Education

    A discussion of how electronic communication has the potential to help us extend and enhance the conversation that goes on within the postsecondary classroom.
  • Growing Up Digital – John Seely Brown
      An article on current and future students from the March/April 2000 issue of Change magazine (.pdf version). Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • A Guide to Online Education – Greg Kearsley
      Introduces the basics of online education, for both teachers and students new to this domain looking for some suggestions and advice.
  • Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever – A.W. Chickering & S.C. Ehrmann
      Updates the 1987 AAHE bulletin "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" with the addition of new resources that technology makes possible.
  • Models of Distance Education – University College of the University of Maryland
      Discusses planning issues such as how to provide student support and how to provide laboratory experience to online students. Provides a Conceptual Planning Tool developed by University of Maryland University College for the Institute for Distance Education and discusses planning issues, such as how to provide student support and how to provide laboratory experience to online students.
  • Online Education:
    New Paradigms for Learning and Teaching
    Greg Kearsley
  • Seven Steps to Success: Designing Online Courses
    By Chris Bruekner, East Carolina University. Some internal links were broken when this site was moved. Access topics from these links: Decision Making, Design Delivery, Page Layout, Navigational Tips, Adding Extras, Concise Content, Add Yourself, References.
  • Teaching online: Papers detailing the experiences of instructors teaching online
  • Technology Costing Methodology (TCM)
      Developed by the Western Cooperative for Educational Technologies, TCM is an authoritative costing analysis tool, including standard definitions of cost categories, for institutions and multi-institutional agencies to: a) analyze the costs of instructional approaches that make heavy use of technology; and b) to legitimately compare cost data for different instructional approaches.
  • Web-based Learning Resources Library
      Hosted by Robert H. Jackson of the University of Tennessee, this website links to a multitude of tools, topics and issues of interest to those developing for web-based learning initiatives.


    • Faculty Cyber-Handbook on Teaching
        Cross-references the online teaching handbooks of 13 universities, searchable by category. From Tufts University.
    • Flashlight
        A set of evaluation tools developed by the TLT Group to help instructors evaluate and improve their pedagogical uses of technology.
    • Professional and Theoretical Issues in Educational Technology: Occasional Papers
        Scholarly papers on theories and issues in educational technology by graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan.
    • Streaming Media: Pedagogical Considerations
        A resource article from the Illinois Online Network.
    • Teaching Goals Inventory
        Sponsored by the Center for Teaching at The University of Iowa, the online Teaching Goals Inventory is a Web tool that allows instructors to evaluate their own instructional goals. Originally developed by Patricia Cross and Thomas Angelo and presented in their book, Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers (1993).
    • Teaching Methods Web Resources
        A comprehensive collection of resources on the Web regarding teaching methods and philosophy developed by McGraw-Hill.
    • U.S. Teaching and Learning Centers
        Teaching and Learning Centers located at various U.S. colleges and universities, including a section on Teaching with Technology.
    • Web Teaching
        An extensive site sponsored by Academic Computing, Dartmouth College
    • Web-based Assessment
        Excellent set of links to online testing methods in web-based courses, developed by S. Hazari of the University of Maryland.

    Instructional Design

    • About Web-based Instructional Design
        This is one section of a Learning to Learn professional development course created by Greg Gay of the Centre for Academic and Adaptive Technology at the University of Toronto.
    • Faculty Development 101
        Free online course developed by Penn State World Campus to teach their instructors how to author and instruct web-based education.
    • Instructional Design for Online Course Development
        A site hosted by the Illinois Online Network with articles about and links to instructional design topics.
    • Integrating Instructional Design in Distance Education (IDDE)
        Database of methods for integrating instructional strategies into distance education courses developed by A.M. Carr and C.S. Carr at Pennsylvania State University. Database searchable by strategy or theory, with examples of the application of instructional tactics in various delivery systems (e.g., web-based courses, audio-conferencing, video-conferencing, computer-mediated conferencing).
    • Systems Approach to Designing Online Learning Activities
        The University College at University of Maryland presents seven steps in a systems approach to defining learning objectives for a course and developing learning outcomes.
    • Yale C/AIM Web style guide
        A practical guide to creating Web sites that work. Also available in book form, published by Yale University Press (Web Style Guide: Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites, Patrick J. Lynch & Sarah Horton, March 1999).

    Tools for Online Teaching

    • Collaboration Tools Knowledge Base
        Reviews, demonstrations of tools which support electronic collaborative activities: audio, video, conferencing, data/document sharing, presentation, more. From the University of Michigan Learning Collaboratory.
    • Conferencing on the Web
        A comprehensive guide to software that powers discussions on the Web.
    • Didactic Web
        The Didactic Web was developed by Dartmouth's Curricular Computing group to support faculty use of technology in teaching and research. The site contains tutorials on various topics, including how to create Web sites and how to work with digital images.
    • EduResources Portal
        Developed/maintained by Dr. Joe Hart of Eastern Oregon University, the EduResources Portal is designed to provide a gateway to online instructional resources for faculty and instructional designers who are developing, modifying, or supplementing their courses. The EduResources Portal is designed to work in conjunction with the EduResources Weblog. The Portal provides an entryway to online resources while the Weblog ranges widely over ideas and topics that relate to the development and use of online resources.
    • Effectively Using Electronic Conferencing
        Presents instructional techniques for using electronic communication tools. Includes tips on things to do and things to avoid.
    • Elements of Effective E-Teaching and E-Learning
        Best Educational E-Practices, Issue 4, January 2001 (published by St. Petersburg College, FL). An issue devoted to online sources to help ensure success for both instructors and students. See also other issues of BEEP.
    • How Interactive are YOUR Distance Courses? (2000) - M.D. Roblyer & L. Ekhaml
        A rubric for assessing interaction in distance learning.
    • Online Education Resources
        Articles and links hosted by the Illinois Online Network (ION).
    • Online Teaching and Learning Resources
        Annotated links to online resources selected by the Higher Education program of the National Education Association.
    • Quizzes/Tests
        Links to several quiz/test generators on the market or available through shareware.
    • Rubric for Online Instruction (8/03)
        Tool developed by California State University Chico to assess quality online course development and instruction.
    • Syllabus Help
        An online tool at one virtual university (Tennessee Regents) for faculty to submit/update their course syllabus. Though this tool is restricted to Tennessee Regents courses, it does provide useful categories for others creating an online Syllabus.
    • Web Design for Instruction: Research-based Guidelines
        Student project of Bonnie Skaalid, University of Saskatchewan, College of Education.
    • Teaching Critical Evaluation of Web Resources
    • Teaching with Electronic Technology &
      More Teaching and Technology
        Two extensive resource sites developed by M.L. Hall of the University of Maryland. Linked sites reflect a considerable variety of uses for computing and related forms of electronic technology in teaching.
    • Virtual Resource Site for Teaching with Technology
        A useful resource site hosted by the University of Maryland to assist faculty learning to teach with technology. There are 2 modules: one assists faculty to use various media (there are descriptions of 15 types of technologies); the other feature successful practices in online course delivery (emphasis on interactivity strategies).
    • Web Visualization for Teachers
        A website created by Alistair B. Fraser, Pennsylvania State University, as an aid for teachers who are exploring the Web as a medium in which to build better metaphors for their students.

    Training; Courseware Support/Evaluation