Introduction to Teaching Online

Description

Duration: 5 week course

This is a 5 week (mostly) asynchronous course, with only two synchronous sessions built in. At the beginning of the course, you will be invited to a virtual meet and greet and at the end 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.

Learning Charter Connections:

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. 

Teaching Certification Connections: 

  • Essential Teaching Competency 1:  Respond to diversity in worldview, position, and power 
    • 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 effectively 
    • Design courses with curricular alignment
    • Select instructional strategies aligned to a self-generated outcome 
  • Essential Teaching Competency 3: Assesses appropriately given the course outcomes 
    • Alignment 
    • 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 practice 
    • Begin to clarify and refine a teaching philosophy 
    • Articulate personal beliefs and assumptions about “good teaching” 

Short course outline: 

Topics 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 

Participants will be required to: 

  • 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

Registration

Our next course will be offered during Winter term 2021.

Please visit our calendar to register.