Online Teaching Effectiveness Seminar

February 11 – March 24, 2019 | Online


Module 1: Methods of Knowledge Dissemination

This module focuses on the high level structure and objectives for different online mediums including fully online, hybrid, flipped classrooms, and non-traditional settings. Additional emphasis is given toward the selection of or navigation through the online platform. This section includes a discussion on free alternatives including those which provide opportunities to incorporate innovative technologies. A critical aspect for consideration is the way you want students to learn and how your existing teaching strategies can be strengthened through the increased use of or full reliance on these technologies.

Topics for Discussion:

  • Online, hybrid, and blended modalities
  • Flipped classrooms
  • Non-traditional education
  • Platform choice and free alternatives
  • Support software options
  • Innovative technology
  • Effective use of the course management system

Module Facilitator: Tawnya Means

Module Dates: February 11–17, 2019

Module 2: Course Design

This module will emphasize the value of providing a meaningful educational experience by highlighting various learning techniques through the utilization of synchronous and asynchronous communications and tools. The discussion will also focus on designing the structure and activities of your course. This includes aspects of planning for regular student activity, determining how you will support students’ needs, ensuring a consistent framework, and following clean and modern web design principles. Finally, consideration will be given toward individual time management. Adding online components to your course or moving your course fully online can have benefits for your students, but can also require additional effort on the part of the instructor. Establishing boundaries and managing your time effectively is important to preventing technology burnout.

Topics for Discussion:

  • Course design
  • (A)Synchronous components
  • Time Management

Module Facilitators: Tawnya Means

Module Dates: February 18–24, 2019

Synchronous Session: This module contains a synchronous session that will take place on Thursday, February 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT and from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. EDT. Please note participation during these scheduled times is not mandatory because this session will also be recorded so the attendees can view it at their leisure.

Module 3: Increasing Personal Presence

This module will discuss techniques for increasing your personal presence within the online environment by establishing a learning experience which meets the needs and expectations of you and your students. This is achieved in part through fostering clear channels of communication which consider the needs of various stakeholders. Furthermore, one of the most important aspects of teaching online is how you address the three types of presence: teaching, cognitive, and social. Finally, emphasis will be given toward methods of engaging various learning styles in a focused manner. Systems for implementing these approaches within the online realm should be discussed so that all students have an equal opportunity to excel.

Topics for Discussion:

  • Setting up student expectations
  • Communication of expectations
  • Establishing presence
  • Motivation through learning style

Module Facilitator: Vanessa Dennen

Module Dates: February 25–March 3, 2019

Module 4: Fostering Student Engagement

This module describes various methods for expanding engagement and interaction between yourself, your students, and their peers. Special attention should be given toward the development of a collaborative atmosphere where students and faculty are able to grapple with new ideas and collaborate on the development of projects. This module will also focus on the segmentation of student populations for group activities as well as the techniques for responding to variations within class size. To expand on this point, tips and tricks for the development of student mentor groups in addition to the benefits of securing industry coaches will be discussed.

Topics for Discussion:

  • Fostering collaboration
  • Student/faculty interaction
  • Student/student interaction
  • Group work
  • Responding to class size
  • Developing mentors and connecting with coaches

Module Facilitator: Christian Hofer

Module Dates: March 4–10, 2019

Module 5: Encouraging Academic Honesty and Ethical Decision-Making

The content for this module is chosen on the basis of 3 distinct but related goals: reinforcing the expectation that students will engage in ethical decision making in their professional lives; the importance of developing an online culture that includes explicit ethical dimension; identifying best practices to limit unethical behavior. More specifically, participants will be guided through a critical reflection on how academic honesty is encouraged in their own institution’s online programs, how courses and individual assignments are can be structured to encourage academic honesty, and how to use technology as control measures to both encourage honesty and document ethically problematic work.

Topics for Discussion:

  • Encouraging academic honesty: setting expectations and communicating processes relating to academic honesty
  • Individual and group accountability: techniques for building a culture of responsibility in an online environment
  • Controls for online classes: understanding why people act unethically and structuring courses and assignments to encourage honesty, ethical decision making, and using technology to establish controls that verify honesty of work

Module Facilitator: Michelle Darnell

Module Dates: March 11–17, 2019

Module 6: Assessment, Feedback, and Academic Integrity

Assessment, feedback, and academic integrity are three integrated subtopics that are especially important to consider in the online environment. Assessment is essential in order to determine whether students are learning, feedback provides students information on their learning, and academic integrity secures the value of the course, the program, and helps to ensure that the person completing the work is the student enrolled in the course.

The module will start with an overview of how assessment differs for online, and then you will have an opportunity to translate some of your current assessment methods from the face-to-face to the online environment. You will have access to instructor-level permissions to create assessments, and will then receive and provide peer feedback, as well as instructor support on your assessments.

Topics for Discussion:

  • Formative and summative assessment strategies
  • Responding to students
  • Preventing and detecting cheating

Module Facilitator: Tawnya Means

Module Dates: March 18–24, 2019

Module 7: Assurance of Learning and Accreditation Implications (Bonus Materials)

This is a bonus module that will give participants the resources that they need to begin designing an assurance of learning approach for their course that provides learning feedback to students and provides the instructor with information to improve the course. This module is optional and will not have active participation. Resources will provide assessment terminology and concepts including the steps of a fundamental assessment process, the basics of Bloom’s Taxonomy, and the process to develop a rubric. These resources will describe how participants could apply these to their course through guiding them to develop course learning goals, learning objectives, and a rubric for an assignment. Information will be provided on the role the course plays in the students’ learning within the program’s curriculum, how rubrics can be used both for grading and course improvement, and specific classroom assessment techniques.

Topics for Discussion:

  • Assurance of Learning (AoL)
  • Applicable accreditation standards

Module Dates: This module will be available at the end of the seminar.