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Course Development Resources

On-Campus Resources:

  • The Grinnell College Writing Lab is available online to help you work through the design of writing assignments with your students. Contact them at
  • For further support on pedagogical issues, please contact the Digital Liberal Arts Collaborative at
  • This site supplements the Instructional Continuity site located in the ITS section of GrinnellShare. That sites includes information about training on Blackboard and WebEx as well as basic guidelines for technology use.
  • The Committee on Academic Standards is recommending open-book and open-note exams. You should remind students of the general principles of academic honesty, but we do not recommend any formal proctoring or surveillance in these circumstances. Consider how you can create assignments and exams that do not lend themselves to plagiarism.
  • Exams may be timed or untimed, and may be submitted via Blackboard or email. The Blackboard training sessions will cover the creation of assignments and exams in Blackboard. Contact Gina Donovan at for further support with creating assignments and exams in Blackboard.

Guides for Designing Online and Blended Courses

Associated Colleges of the Midwest Workshops on Online Course Design and Pedagogy (Slack Resource Site)

  • Week 1 (June 8-12): “Teaching and Learning with Care and Hope: Ways of Being with Crisis, Trauma, and Uncertainty in the Classroom and Beyond” (Monday, June 8, 9:30–11:00 am CST) … video (password: Week1ACM!)… slides
  • Week 2 (June 15-19): “The Liberal Arts Mindset at a Distance. Tactics for Building a Hybrid Course … video (password: Week2ACM!) … slides
  • Week 3 (June 22-26): Reimagining Your Syllabus for Responsiveness: Aligning Goals, Assessments, and Strategies for Teaching” … video (password: Week3ACM!) … slides
  • Week 4 (June 29-July 2): “Developing Effective Assignments: Using Multiple Modes of Engagement and Assessment” … video (password: Week4ACM!) … slides
  • Week 5 (July 13-17): “Designing Your Course Once for Different Modalities”

Online self-paced modules and resources:


Articles and posts:

Application and activity-specific resources:

Discipline-specific resources:

Guides for Emergency Remote Teaching

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