Resources for Hybrid and Online Course Development

Various resources for conceptualizing, developing, and supporting hybrid and online courses are available to instructors at UCSC.

Instructional Design

Campus instructional designer Aaron Zachmeier provides direct support for the design and development of hybrid and online courses. Contact him at azachmei@ucsc.edu or (831) 502-7983. 

Academic Divisional Computing Local Services

Academic Divisional Computing (ADC) provides personalized, discipline-specific, IT support for faculty, staff and students in accomplishing the academic mission. See the ADC website for more information.

Faculty Instructional Technology Center

The Faculty Instructional Technology Center (FITC) offers instructors, graduate students, and support staff a collection of services and flexible spaces for technology-enhanced teaching and collaboration. The FITC is centrally located in the McHenry Library. Drop-in hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday 8am-5pm. See the FITC website for more information.

UCSC Extension Online Services

Located in Silicon Valley, UCSC Extension provides a complete suite of instructional design and online course production services. They can help you whether your goal is to develop a complete course or create course materials to support instruction in the classroom. They have a full service model supported by professional designers and developers who understand the current trends and technologies in online education. Their team can support your online course development remotely or on site at UCSC Silicon Valley. For more information, contact the UCSC Extension Online Services Manager, Lauren Butler, at lmasturi@ucsc.edu or 408-450-4922.

Course Material Production

The library staff can help locate online versions of many books, articles, images, journals, news items, and other media assets. See the How do I ...? section of the library website to get started. Academic divisions and the FITC provide assistance with converting analog media into accessible digital formats for use in teaching and presentations. See Course Material Production and University Policies for more information on copyright and accessibility guidelines.

Video and Media Production


Learning Technologies video production staff are available for professional grade video production. All steps of the process are addressed: consultations, scripting and storyboarding, creating a shot and location list, and post-production. See Videography & Video Editing for more information.

Webcasting


Learning Technologies provides automated lecture capture services in nearly two dozen classrooms. See Webcasting Services
 for more information.

Video Conferencing for Distance Education

Videoconferencing for distance education classes is available in three general assignment classrooms: Jack Baskin Engineering 156 (35 seats), Engineering 2 192 (50 seats) and Engineering 2 194 (50 Seats). These systems can connect to standards-based videoconferencing system for sychronous class meetings. Learning Technologies staff can also assist with one-time or recurring distance education classes in any classroom using a portable system. See Distance Education for more information.

eCommons

eCommons, UCSC’s learning management system, is an online environment for course and project sites  and has a variety of tools for learning and collaboration. eCommons is integrated with the campus student information system for course rosters and accounts. See the full list of tools and resources at eCommons Service and Tutorials or contact the FITC for more information.

Electronic Accessibility

The Americans with Disabilities Act mandates that all educational institutions make their programs, services, and activities accessible to, and usable by, people with disabilities. When faculty and staff use the Internet to provide information (including course materials), they are required to make that information accessible to those using adaptive technology. The FITC staff and the Disability Resource Center can assist instructors with converting course materials in a compliant format. See IT Accessible Technology for more information.