This hands-on course is designed to provide instructors with a basic introduction to the theory and practice of online teaching and learning, and to develop the skills and strategies needed to facilitate courses in an online environment. Participants will reflect on their experiences as online learners to help develop their own philosophy of online teaching and learning. Using their philosophy, they will plan and conduct an online learning activity that they will facilitate for their fellow participants. Emphasis will be placed on student engagement and motivation, creating collaborative and interactive experiences as well as gaining practical experience.
The course format will model the development of learning communities. Participants will be directed to readings about current issues that they will discuss online and they will provide feedback to their fellow learners about their online facilitation experiences.
Students will be able to:
- Identify instructional strategies that enhance the online learning environment
- Create a philosophy of online teaching and learning by reflecting on their course readings and experiences gained as an online student
- Identify and discuss issues in online teaching such as community building, classroom management, student motivation, time management, expectations and student services
- Choose a model of online teaching and learning and use it to construct a facilitation plan
- Facilitate an online activity that uses emerging online communication technologies