• Length:
    6 Weeks
  • Effort:
    3–5 hours per week
  • Price:

    FREE
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  • Level:
    Introductory
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcript:
    English
  • Course Type:
    Self-paced on your time

About this course

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In this course, participants will explore research-informed, effective practices for online teaching and learning. By enrolling, you will learn practical ways to quickly move into teaching online, guided by top scholars and practitioners in the field. Each module, you will watch videos and read articles by online learning experts and participate in activities and discussions covering critical topics that will make the online environment a rich learning experience for your students. The instructors will synthesize relevant resources to help those who are new to online learning and those who have experience, but want to expand their skills and provide support for others. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, share practices that have worked well in online learning environments, and receive feedback on your teaching and learning plans.

Given recent global developments related to COVID-19, many have rapidly shifted to move teaching online. For those who have not taught online before, this can be a challenging experience. Fortunately, there is a rich research base, dating back over sixty years, that provides insight and guidance on the key factors that enable successful learning online. This course will support the pivot to online learning by exploring the scientific literature as well as practical actions that enable online success and equitable outcomes for all learners.

While the target audience of the course is postsecondary institutions, this course will be of use to anyone moving into online teaching and learning.

What you'll learn

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In this course, you will learn to:

  • Develop a framework for rapidly moving from on-campus to online teaching
  • Identify and use a range of content creation technologies that support presenting curriculum online
  • Foster interaction online and promote deep engagement between students
  • Implement mindsets of success, supporting students to create and share artifacts of their learning, develop their ideas collaboratively with others, and practice self-regulatory skills through goal setting and success monitoring
  • Discover and use tools and technologies that enable you to perform common classroom actions online, such as assessment, demonstrations, and learning analytics
  • Plan long-term online learning and the return to classroom teaching by adopting the best of the online environment to support in-class learning

Module 0: Preparing for the Course
Module 1: Getting Started Quickly
Module 2: Content Creation
Module 3: Fostering Interaction
Module 4: Assessment
Module 5: Moving Forward and Blended Learning

Meet your instructors

George Siemens
Professor of Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington
Co-Director of the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L), University of South Australia
Justin Dellinger
Associate Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab
University of Texas at Arlington
Matt Crosslin
Learning Innovation Researcher of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab
University of Texas at Arlington
Tanya Joosten
Director Digital Learning Research and Development and Co-Director National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA)
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Learner testimonials

Essential must take course for moving online! Regardless of if you are a novice or seasoned online educator, there is something for everyone in this class. Lectures and activities guide you through resources, structure, building a community, aligning objectives with assessments, and more. It truly enhanced my pedagogy and delivery.

- Sarah from Wisconsin, USA