In two weeks time a few of my fellow doctoral students and I will be launching a pilot session of a course we've developed called Introduction to Teaching Online. Because we hope to use the experience and participant feedback to improve the course and for research purposes, we are making this course available for free.
I've included a summary of the course details below. If you'd like to learn more, please see our blog post at http://learningbysharing.com. To register, visit http://www.learningbysharing.com/teachingonline. If you have questions, please reply here or send me a private message.
We are near capacity so if you're interested, please do sign up soon!
Who: Anyone who is interested in learning more about designing and facilitating online courses is invited to participate. No prior experience as an online educator is required.
What: The goal of Introduction to Teaching Online is to guide participants in the exploration of issues and topics related to online education through discussion and practical application.
The course is organized into three primary sections. In the first section, the goal is to lay the groundwork for the remainder of the course. During the second section of the course, teams will deliver and facilitate the activities developed in the first section. Each team will lead a synchronous class meeting and support their peers in the completion of the activities they've designed. In the final section of the course, participants will build on their skills in the development of a unit related to their teaching area.
When: The course will begin June 4 and end September 24 for a total of 16 weeks of discussion, collaboration, creation, and learning. We anticipate the course will require anywhere from 6 to 9 hours per week depending on your experience and level of motivation. The course will include weekly synchronous meetings to be held on either Wednesday or Thursday in Adobe Connect; the exact time and day of the week will be determined later. While we encourage attendance at these meetings if at all possible, they will be recorded if you're unable to attend.
Where: The course will take place entirely online using primarily Moodle and Adobe Connect. Project teams may choose to use additional third party tools such as Skype and Google Docs to facilitate collaboration.
Cost: There is no fee for this course. In exchange for this free training however, we ask that you commit to completing the course to the best of your ability. We would also appreciate your participation in our research activities which will include several surveys and interviews throughout the duration of the course. The information we gather will not only help us improve the course but allow us to learn more about its effectiveness.