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Deepening Student Engagement through Learning Technology: Online Resource Aids Stanford Instructors

| VPTL News


A new, free online self-paced guide called Blended and Online Learning Design (BOLD) demonstrates how digital technology can enhance student engagement and shows instructors how to develop their own digital learning experiences at Stanford.

Available through Lagunita, Stanford’s online learning platform, BOLD shows faculty and instructors how to use digital tools for a wide range of educational purposes. The self-paced guide is divided into modules that address key stages of developing and implementing online instruction including creating blended learning experiences, presenting content online, designing content for all learners, developing assessments, and fostering social presence and student motivation while teaching remotely.

Each module contains examples of effective practices, software and templates that can streamline the development process, links to research that support featured recommendations, and references to further readings.

Instructors can work through the whole guide at their own pace, or they can use shortcuts to skip to topics of interest such as creating videos, copyright considerations, and engaging students in online forums.

BOLD is meant to be a distillation of research and practice and draws on examples from throughout the university. It features such diverse materials as the School of Medicine’s production of a massive open online course, the creation of a graphic novel by the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, and the development of an annotation platform by the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.

Faculty and instructors can access BOLD by creating a user account on Stanford’s Lagunita platform or they can bypass log-in and simply choose to explore the course. Designed specifically to support teaching at Stanford, the guide is nonetheless open to any and all educators who are interested in the material. BOLD was created by Stanford’s Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL). 

For more information, contact BOLD’s project co-leads:

Alison Brauneis, Senior Associate Director, Instructional Design, VPTL
Kenneth Ligda, Senior Associate Director, Instructional Design, VPTL

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