Personalize Your Course Template

“Personalize your Course Template” is a self-paced training course for certified HOT faculty who are interested in learning more advanced technologies to enhance their course templates.


Below are the upcoming “Personalize your Course Template” training dates. Faculty members will be sent an email a few weeks before the start of each training with instructions on how to register. Once you register, you will be emailed a link by the training facilitator as the course approaches.

Start of Course

End of Course

Start of Block/Semester

November 11, 2013

December 13, 2013

January 6, 2014

January 27, 2013

February 28, 2013

March 10, 2014

March 31, 2013

April 2, 2013

May 12, 2014

May 26, 2013

June 27, 2013

July 7, 2014


*Prerequisite: This self-paced course is only for HOT certified faculty who are teaching an online class in an upcoming term. If you are unable to make this training, future opportunities will be available throughout the year – we will send emails as the new dates become available.

About the Training

This course is divided into five modules which can be completed over 1- 5 week timeframe . A facilitator will be supporting you every step of the way as you learn how to incorporate the skills and tools below:

  1. Module 1 recaps some of the skills you learned in HOT while also highlighting some very basic personalizations that you can make to the foundation of the course.
  2. Module 2 teaches you how to use Snagit. This extraordinary tool allows you easily to create screenshots of your computer and even create and upload videos. You use Snagit at the end of this course to create a video tour of your personalized template.
  3. The emphasis of Module 3 is on communication, both audio and written. Blackboard's Voice Authoring tools include voice presentations, emails, boards, podcasts, and recording. Written communication includes how to create a blog, a wiki, a discussion board, and journal.
  4. Module 4 is all about assessment tools. You learn how to edit grades, re-organize and delete columns, and perhaps most exciting, how to create and use rubrics for grading. You are also exposed to SafeAssign as many courses now require students to submit their work through this plagiarism prevention service.
  5. Lastly is Module 5 where you review best practices for an online course. Video tours of exemplary courses from Wilmington University's online faculty demonstrate some of tools and techniques you learned over the past few weeks. This course culminates with you using Snagit to create your own video tour of your course template that will be shared with your Chair and the Online Learning department.

Graduation Gift

All participants that complete this course will receive the full version of Snag it. The ultimate screen capture tool that will allow you to create eye catching images and videos. A $50 value!

Faculty Feedback

A pilot group was invited to complete the “Personalize your Course Template” training earlier this summer. The following quote was from a faculty member who has completed the training:
“All of the information provides us with a platform not only to increase engagement but include the details of success for both the student as well as the faculty member. As the instructor provides this high tech, high touch approach both the student and instructor benefit from a more detailed, user friendly course platform. We are building a better foundation for the student as well as giving the instructor avenues for improving the teaching effectiveness area of the IDEA evaluation method.” ~ Lisa D.

Preview a Course Tour created by Sandra F. course tour for PHI.302.DIS: