Blended and Online Instructor Resources

Magna Professional Development DVD Videos for Check Out

Academic Excellence & Development has a number of DVD videos focused on blended and online instruction that Western faculty can check out to watch. The check out period is 10 days.

Here’s a Google Sheet with DVD information; listing the names of the videos, the running time, a link to more information on each video, and whether it is currently available for checkout.

Contact Larry Sleznikow, instructional technologist, to check out any of the DVDs ( or 608.789.2065).

NOTE: Underlined words below are hyperlinks. Click on them to view additional information.

Academic Integrity

In this module you will explore the concept of academic integrity. This will include outside sources of information, as well as what is available at Western.

The competency is to investigate the topic of academic integrity as it applies to teaching.

Learning Objectives

  • Define academic integrity.
  • Explore methods to maintain academic integrity.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Western’s resources.

Accessibility (Americans with Disabilities Act)

In this unit you will learn about the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and how important it is to teaching. It will include outside resources, as well as resources available at Western.

The competency is to determine what being ADA compliant means when teaching.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine closed captioning tools available.
  • Examine web accessibility.
  • Identify what Western Technical College’s Disability Support Services area provides.

Blended Courses and Blended Learning

In this set of four modules you will learn what a blended or hybrid course is, how to best design one, activities you can use to engage your students, and how to best assess your students during the course.

The competencies are 1) examine blended (hybrid) teaching, 2) examine blended course design, 3) examine learning activities for blended course, and 4) compare assessments in blended course.

Learning Objectives


In this learning module you will learn about copyright. Topics include:

  • Copyright and fair use
  • Creative Commons
  • Public domain
  • Western’s Copyright Compliance Policy
  • Sample letters for requesting use of copyrighted material

The competency will be to examine copyright and how it applies to use of learning materials.

Learning Objectives

  • Define what copyright means in higher education.
  • Explore the concept of public domain.
  • Examine how the internet has had an impact on copyright.

Online Courses and Online Learning

In this set of five modules, you will learn what an online course is, how to build an online community, activities you can use online to engage your students, technology tools to incorporate into your course, and how to best assess your students during your online course.

The competencies are 1) discover online andragogy best practices, 2) examine how to create an online learning community, 3) investigate online learning activities, 4) use technology tools for online teaching and learning, and 5) explore online assessment.

Learning Objectives

Open Educational Resources

In this set of four modules, you will learn about several aspects of Open Educational Resources (OER). Open educational resources are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes.

The competencies are 1) to learn about OER, 2) understand the benefits and challenges that accompany using open educational resources, 3) examine open and Creative Commons licenses, and 4) learn how to use OER in your courses.

Learning Objectives

Universal Design for Learning

In this learning module you will spend time learning about the concept of universal design for learning (UDL). This is a timely concept since it addresses how, as educators, we must recognize that all learners are different and therefore we need to design a variety of activities in our courses.

The competency is to discover the importance of using concepts from UDL (universal design for learning) to support all learners in your course.

Learning Objectives

  • Define what universal design for learning is.
  • Understand the importance of addressing the needs of all learners.
  • Explore several teaching resources available to incorporate universal design for learning concepts into your course.