Introduction to Teaching Online


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 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

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.

Certificate in University Teaching and Learning Connections:

Essential Teaching Competency 1:  Anticipate and respond to diversity in worldview, position, and power

Outcomes 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 effectively

Outcomes 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 outcomes

Outcomes and Indicators:
  • 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

Outcomes and Indicators:
  • Begin to clarify and refine a teaching philosophy
    • Articulate personal beliefs and assumptions about “good teaching”


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