This is a 5-week (mostly) asynchronous course, with two synchronous sessions built in. One is at the beginning of the course for a virtual meet-and-greet, and again at the close where you will have a chance to showcase your work. By the end of this short course, you will have developed a template for an online teaching module which will include clearly defined learning outcomes that are aligned with active learning experiences and assessment strategies that demonstrate student learning.
Timing: 5-week course, entirely online.
Short course outlineTopics covered will include:
- An overview of online learning including benefits and challenges for instructors and students
- The importance of community in online environments
- Best practices in facilitating online discussions
- Articulating course expectations through the use of the syllabus and rubrics
- Handling communication with students in a virtual classroom
- Basic information on the technical side of teaching using Blackboard
- Actively participate by posting to the discussion boards on the assigned topics on a weekly basis
- Complete readings and watch included videos to enable them to make thoughtful posts and provide constructive feedback on the discussion boards
- Participate in one scheduled class meeting using the online communication tool WebEx
Textbook: We will be using an open text book for this class, which you may view free of charge by following this link bit.ly/ITOtext.
This course addresses these Educator Commitments from Our Learning Charter:
- ET 2.2 - Select and utilize methods that are effective in helping students achieve the learning outcomes of a course.
- AF 3.1 - Provide a clear indication of what is expected of students in a course or learning activity, and what students can do to be successful in achieving the expected learning outcomes
- EC 4.4 - Engage in meaningful conversations about their practices with others.
Certificate in University Teaching and Learning Connections:
Essential Teaching Competency 1: Anticipate and respond to diversity in worldview, position, and powerOutcomes and Indicators:
- Model open, honest descriptions of the sources of information, including appropriate credit for Indigenous content
- Use strategies to encourage and foster open and healthy dialogue
Essential Teaching Competency 2: Designs courses appropriately and teaches them effectivelyOutcomes and Indicators:
- Design courses with curricular alignment
- Select instructional strategies aligned to a self-generated outcome
Essential Teaching Competency 3: Assesses appropriately given the course outcomesOutcomes and Indicators:
- Select assessment strategies (formative and summative) aligned to a self-generated outcome
- Provide students with prompt and constructive feedback on their learning
- Demonstrate providing prompt, constructive feedback to others
Essential Teaching Competency 4: Value improving and growing teaching practiceOutcomes and Indicators:
- Begin to clarify and refine a teaching philosophy
- Articulate personal beliefs and assumptions about “good teaching”
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