Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning – UNIV 104

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Designed to equip students for success as they transition into the online classroom, this course offers strategic information tailored to ensure academic excellence in this unique learning environment; this information includes Liberty University’s foundations and beliefs, Liberty University Online resources for success, Blackboard navigation techniques, time management strategies, the adult learner’s responsibilities, methods for identifying and avoiding academic misconduct, scholarly research tactics, and approaches for selecting the appropriate courses towards completion of the preferred degree program.




This course provides an orientation to the online classroom, learning strategies, and technology skills required for success in online learning. This course offers the student an opportunity to develop and strengthen the skills necessary for academic achievement within Liberty University’s online program.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply basic Blackboard navigation techniques to successfully complete an online course.
  2. Apply effective strategies for time management, scholarly research and writing, learning styles, and study skills.
  3. Describe appropriate Liberty University Online resources utilized to improve course experiences and to make degree and course selection decisions.
  4. Evaluate intrinsic and extrinsic responsibilities of adult learners.
  5. Identify forms of academic misconduct, including plagiarism, cheating, and falsification.
  6. Explain basic academic principles as they relate to a biblical worldview.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes (FSLO): Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning (TSQR)

TSQR 1: Analyze data and inform action through a structured method.

TSQR 2: Predict the output based on an input in practical scenarios using technological solutions and/or quantitative reasoning.

TSQR 3: Apply the skills needed for successful financial stewardship in various contexts.

TSQR 4: Relate technology and quantitative reasoning to participation in God’s redemptive work.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

LearnSmart Assignments (7)

The student will be assigned LearnSmart homework to complete in McGraw-Hill’s Connect platform. The homework will consist of interactive learning activities that customize to the student’s foundational knowledge. All assignments for a given module/week can be found in Blackboard but will be completed within the Connect system. This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: B, D, E, & F and FSLOs: TSQR 1, 2, & 3. 

Introductory Questionnaire

The student will respond to the provided prompts to explore the student’s personal, educational, and future goals for this course. In order to complete this assignment, the student must answer each question with a minimum of 3 sentences and submit it as a Word document. This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: A, D, & F and FSLOs: CC 4 & CIL 2. 

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. For each Discussion Board Forum, the thread and each reply must match the word count provided in the prompt. All threads and replies must be professional in content and delivery. There are no citations required for these assignments. This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: A, C, & F and FSLOs: CC 3, 4, CIL 1, 2, 3, CGE 1, CT 1, 2, 5, TSQR 2, 3, & 4.

The Science of Learning Activity

The student will complete two assessments to help the student better understand his/her approach to learning. Then, the student will fill out the provided template and submit it as a Word document. This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: A, B, D, & F and FSLOs: CIL 1, 2, 3, CT 1, 5, SSI 2a, TSQR 1 & 2.

Critical Reflection

The student will apply creative and critical thinking concepts explored in the course to complete the assignment. Then, the student will fill out the provided template and submit it as a Word document. This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: B, C, D, & F and FSLOs: CC 1, 2, 3, CIL 1, 2, 3, CT 1, 2, 4, 5, CGE 3, TSQR 1, 2, & 4.

Outline and Rubric Evaluation

Using the provided text, the student will create an outline in Microsoft Word using Microsoft Office 365. The student will also evaluate his or her work using the provided rubric. This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: B, C, D, & E and FSLOs: CIL 1, 2, 3, 4, CT 2, & TSQR 1.

Article Evaluation

The student will utilize information literacy skills gained through the textbook and presentations to locate and evaluate 1 scholarly journal article from the online database of the Jerry Falwell Library. The student will use provided criteria to evaluate the article. This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: A, B, C, & E and FSLOs: CIL 1, 2, 3, 4, CT 1, 2, & TSQR 1.

Assessments (2)

The student will complete placement testing in English and Math to determine future course sequencing for those required courses. This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: A, B, and E and FSLOs: CIL 3, 4, & CT 1. 

Creating Balance Presentation

The student will create a presentation using one of the provided technologies. This presentation is intended to highlight the student’s personal, professional, familial, and financial obligations, describe techniques to provide balance, and relate them to their future educational and professional goals. This assignment aligns with the following MLOs: B, C, D, & F and FSLOs: CIL 1, 2, 5, CT 2, 4, TSQR 1 & 4. 

Extra Credit – General Education Assessment Test

Students will complete a 28-question General Education Assessment Test that will be used to measure the values, knowledge, and skills they currently possess. Students will answer 4 or 5 questions that are drawn from each of the six key foundation skill areas upon which our general education curriculum is built (Civic & Global Engagement, Communication & Information Literacy, Christianity & Contexts, Critical Thinking, Social & Scientific Inquiry, and Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning). No test preparation is required; no books or notes are necessary. Students are strongly encouraged to answer every question to the best of their ability. 1 extra credit point will be awarded for each correct response. Extra credit points earned will be automatically factored into students’ scores but will not alter total points possible for the course (1010).