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Preparing to Teach Online

Preparing to Teach Online is a self-paced training consisting of six introductory modules on online teaching basics. Each module is brief and you may view them at your own pace. Click on the section titles below to view the presentations. Transcripts are also available for you to use. 

In this introductory module, you will learn about online teaching, including perceptions of online courses commonly held by faculty and students and the components of an online course. You will also see examples of standards and rubrics that can help to ensure that online courses are comparable in quality to traditional face-to-face courses. After completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Explain the definition of an online course
  • Identify the components of an online course
  • Describe possible types of communication, content delivery, collaboration, and assessment in online courses
  • Analyze the benefits and misconceptions of online courses
Module 2 Presentation

Every face-to-face course is different. Some courses rely on lectures to introduce new content, while others have a heavy reading requirement. Others may be considered writing-intensive or discussion-based. Students work independently in many courses but others are highly collaborative. Some courses even include learning components outside of the classroom, like service work, or internships, that allow students to learn from experience.

Online courses can be diverse in the same way. You can use most of the techniques you currently use in your classroom to make your online course exciting and engaging. In this module, you will learn about several models of online instruction that you can adapt for your own courses. The models to be discussed are highly flexible and numerous options are available for promoting active learning in your online courses.
After completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify various models of online instruction
  • Reflect upon your own model of teaching and learning
Module 2 Presentation

In this module, you will consider the steps involved in planning and developing an online course. While we won’t highlight every detail for designing an online course, in this brief presentation, we will lay the foundation for the design process and set a framework for engaging in the development of an online course.
 After completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Design an online course that includes significant and meaningful learning experiences
  • Follow best practices for designing and teaching an online course
Module 3 Presentation

What do you say at the beginning, middle, and end of your classes? Do you make announcements, remind students about upcoming assignments, or respond to student questions? There are many ways you communicate with your students. In an online course, it is easy for students to feel distant and disconnected from you and from their classmates. However, with a solid communication plan and rich communication tools, this doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, many faculty who have taught online feel like they know their online students better than their face-to-face students!
 After completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Review different models and strategies of communication
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and appropriateness of various communication tools
  • Select communication strategies that are appropriate for your online course
Module 4 Presentation

It is easy to be excited about new or flashy technology, but it is important to implement technology appropriately. Before you decide to use a tool in your course, you should carefully evaluate it to ensure that it is used in a meaningful way to engage your students and support their learning. In this module, we will examine technology tools appropriate for online learning. While it would be nearly impossible to cover all of the latest cutting-edge technology tools out there, we will highlight a few tools that will support and enhance your online courses.
 After completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of educational technology tools to support and enhance the teaching and learning process
  • Consider technology tools that are meaningful and relevant for online learning
Module 5 Presentation

We will take a closer look at some types of assessments you might incorporate in your course, tools you might use to support those assessment strategies, and several strategies for grading those assessments.
 After completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify a variety of formative and summative assessments tailored for online learning
  • Select technology tools for assessment that enhance the teaching and learning process
  • Identify effective and efficient strategies to grading students in an online course
Module 6 Presentation

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