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Teaching Engaging Online Courses

Workshop presented by
Faculty Development Staff

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Altgeld 100


The online teaching environment offers unique opportunities for faculty to engage students in new ways. Those considering teaching in the online environment for the first time often have questions as to where to begin and often seek examples of quality online courses. Beyond simply making existing course materials available in electronic form, teaching truly engaging online courses involves redesigning course materials and learning experiences to leverage the capabilities of emerging online pedagogies.

During this interactive workshop, NIU faculty and teaching staff will receive a systematic overview of the various pedagogical and pragmatic considerations necessary in creating a quality online teaching and learning experience. We will focus on considerations for designing and teaching engaging online courses using sound instructional principles and technologies for online teaching and learning. While we won't be constructing online courses during this workshop, activities will include opportunities to experiment with techniques shared.

The tentative schedule for the workshop is as follows:

Workshop Outline

Morning Session
8:00 am  
8:25 am  
Welcome and Introductions
8:30 am  
Overview of essential components of an engaging and interactive online course
9:00 am  
Course design fundamentals and elements of a well-designed online learning experience
10:15 am  
10:30 am  
Universal design guidelines for accessible online learning
10:45 am  
Technology tools available today for engaging online learners and best practices for selecting the right technologies and effectively implementing them in an online course
Afternoon Session
12:00 pm  
Lunch at HSC Blackhawk Cafeteria
1:15 pm  
Communication strategies for effective online collaboration and exploration of methods for encouraging online participation
2:30 pm  
2:45 pm  
Fair use guidelines for selecting instructional materials and media
3:00 pm  
Assessment strategies for online learning, including overview of available online assessment tools in Blackboard
4:00 pm  
Wrap-up, Evaluation and Certificate Presentation

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This workshop is limited to NIU faculty and teaching staff only. Participants should have basic computing skills and experience using Blackboard. Participants will receive workshop materials, lunch and a certificate of participation. Seating is limited and advance registration is required. Please fill out the form below to register for this workshop. Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire workshop.

Registration Deadline: March 2, 2012. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by March 8, 2012 so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to attend the workshop or program costs can be reduced.

Please complete the form below to register.

Faculty/Staff Registration Form

Registration is closed for this program.

Last Updated: 07/14/2014