SUNY Canton Online

Faculty Resources

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Instructional Designers

What can an instructional designer do for you?

Submitting an online or flex course for review soon? Let our instructional designers, who are experts in the OSCQR rubric, help you pass the review on the first attempt.

Creating a brand-new course? Come talk to an instructional designer about the course setup and the best teaching strategy for your course.

Would you like to amp up the quality of your course? Ask an instructional designer to review your course and work with you on improving the course quality.

Do you have a module or an assignment with which your students usually struggle? Come talk to an instructional designer and see if we can help you devise a better strategy to help students meet the course outcomes more efficiently.

Not sure how to fix course materials with accessibility issues? Come talk to an instructional designer for guidance on how to make your course materials accessible to all students.

Do you have a training need in the area of teaching? Schedule a session with an instructional designer to help you address it.

To contact the Center for Learning Design, Innovation, and Online Instruction, please email us at The Center currently has three instructional designers. To learn more about us, please click on our profiles below.

Tonka Jokelova

Tonka Jokelova

Director of Online Learning
(315) 386-7217

Allison Bond

Allison Bond

Sr. Instructional Designer
(315) 386-7452

Ben Rawdon

Instructional Designer
(315) 386-7902

Professional Development

Workshops and Training

Workshops and Webinars

Fall 2021 Instructional Design Webinars

Previous webinar recordings and resources


Fall 2021 Accessibility Webinars

Faculty Mentors

Course Design and Instruction Faculty Mentors - If you would like assistance with the development or instruction of your online course, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our wonderful Mentors.

Accessibility Challenge

Digital Accessibility Advocates

Campus members who successfully completed the Digital Accessibility Challenge become SUNY Canton Digital Accessibility Advocates. The Challenge task is to create a document containing accessible headings, a list, an image, and a url link, and email it to The Challenge explores these digital accessibility topics:

Accessibility for digital materials – Who is responsible?

Accessibility or accommodation?


Text formatting: Headings

Text formatting: Lists

Junk code


Contextualizing links

Closed captions


Course Design Institute

The Institute will guide you through a variety of topics related to online course development. You will learn about accessibility, best instructional design practices, and designing courses to meet SUNY Canton OSCQR standards.

The Course Design Institute has three tiers. To learn more about the Institute, please visit our Course Design Institute publication.


Many instructors have been working hard to complete the Center for Learning Design, Innovation and Online instruction's Course Development Institute. Level 3 – Influencer of the Course Development Institute asks that participants serve as a mentor for a colleague completing the course development process. The following instructors have served as a mentor and made a positive influence on SUNY Canton’s online course quality. Be sure to read the testimonials from their mentees!

Course Development

Course Development

Online Course Development Shell Form 


Creating Accessible Content

Create Accessible Products (by Section
Accessibility Guides and Tutorials (by Suffolk County Community College)
Tips for Accessible Course Design
Ally FAQ
Accessible Powerpoint – How to
Enable Automatic Captions (ASR) in Panopto 
Media Captioning Request Form (for ASR-enabled Panopto videos)
Eliminating “junk code” from your Blackboard items
Sharing Panopto videos in courses



College-approved Required Online Syllabus
CLDIOI OSCQR-friendly Syllabus (optional)
CLDIOI Course Schedule template (optional)


Course Development Tips

Blackboard Learn – Getting Started
Blackboard Learn Assignments
Blackboard Learn Discussion Boards 


Time on Task

Online courses focus on total time on task to mirror ‘seat time’ in traditional instruction and the conventional academic credit model (in which one college credit requires 15 hours of classroom time plus two additional hours of homework time per hour of classroom time). For example, time on task for viewing three, 15-minute lectures (text or video), with web links would equal 1 hr. Posting to discussions (original post, responses to three classmates’ posts, responses to responses) would equal 2 hours. Small group project meetings (web conference or asynchronous discussion) would equal 1 hour. The College’s Center for Learning Design, Innovation, and Online Instruction provides faculty with guidance on converting online learning activities to time on task to calculate equivalent hours to meet the requirements of the academic credit model. Students complete no less than three hours of equivalent work per credit per week in online courses.




The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires all institutions receiving federal financial aid to "publish," in time for registration, a list of all required and recommended books and other course materials for all classes offered at the institution.

Approved Online Courses


Online Learning Review Committee (OLRC)

FLEX Course Review

FLEX courses must be fully developed for online delivery in accordance with the College approved OSCQR Rubric, with the exception of lecture recordings. Recorded lectures should be posted following class sessions and must be accessible (i.e., have to be captioned) once posted to the course. Course Developers may include a "Lecture Recording" content folder in each module when designing FLEX courses. In addition, it is recommended written lecture notes are present in the course at the time of review.


Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Rights

Copyright protection is automatic and begins when your work is permanently recorded. This means that you can't copyright your ideas, only the recorded product of your ideas. You are not required to include a copyright statement or register your copyright but there are advantages to doing so (needed if taking legal action, less appealing to plagiarism sites that upload faculty materials). The Library can provide assistance and resources on copyright rules and responsibilities.

Emerging Technologies


Center for Learning Design, Innovation, and Online Instruction Staff

Tonka Jokelova

Tonka Jokelova

Director of Online Learning
(315) 386-7217

Jerry Bartlett

Jerry Bartlett

Learning Systems Manager
(315) 386-7963

Mat Nichols

Mat Nichols

Instructional Technologist
(315) 386-7303

David Scovil

David Scovil

Online Learning Technician
(315) 386-7190

Allison Bond

Allison Bond

Sr. Instructional Designer
(315) 386-7452

Ben Rawdon

Instructional Designer
(315) 386-7902

Blackboard Course Management System

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