This self-paced, on-demand course covers the essential skills instructors need to teach online. Participants are formally introduced to the online course structure and the critical roles and responsibilities of an online instructor. Participants are exposed to techniques for using course materials and resources. The course also covers teaching strategies associated with communication, discussion forums, assessments, grading, and feedback.
In this short, self-directed workshop, you’ll begin developing a course map for your online course including measurable, student-centered learning objectives; formative and summative assessments; instructional materials; and a modular structure in which all of these fit. You’ll also learn practical teaching strategies grounded in the science of learning, leaving you with a clear sense of what the rest of the course design project will entail.
The document you will produce will be exceedingly useful. It will help you consider the alignment between your course elements, facilitate improvement and enhancement of your course in subsequent terms, and greatly aid in your institution’s accreditation efforts.
We anticipate that this course should take you no more than three to four hours, with much of the time devoted to working on your course map.
- Instructor: Nathan Ackerly
This course focuses on more advanced practices in the delivery of online courses. Participants will learn from each other in this five week, instructor-facilitated, asynchronous online course. Designed to enhance cooperative, collaborative, active and experiential learning, participants are given the opportunity to develop course and teaching resources applicable to their discipline. Attention is given to the process of building portfolios to document and improve the teaching experience. Participants are expected to spend 4 to 6 hours per week reviewing content, engaging in discussion forums, and completing written assignments. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive an Advanced Principles in Online Course Delivery certificate
This course focuses on enhancing an existing online course using advanced practices in online course design. The course pays particular attention to topics such as universal design for learning, authentic assessment, and theories of student engagement and motivation. Throughout it, participants will develop artifacts and strategies for enhancing their existing online course. Participants enrolling in this course should have a previously designed online course available.