Dates: June 24 - July 21th
Duration: 5 weeks
Teaching online is hard, and teaching online well is exhausting. You may constantly worry about how you are connecting with your students, whether they are paying attention to the class discussion or reading the required materials, and how they can have a meaningful learning experience in an environment that can be limiting for instructors with limited exposure to new media and technology - you may have anxiety over whether you are doing a good job because there are other sites that are prettier than yours.
You wonder, "How can I better motivate my students online?" because you have students that posts the minimum or post without using the required readings to back up their claim. Now that you got the fundamentals to online teaching and online course design, let's kick it up a notch and explore more in-depth a theoretical basis for online learning.
This course will help you better write learning goals and tie the proper assessments to measure those learning goals. You will explore features of computer-mediated communication that are tied with presence, interactivity, and engagement, and learn how to use the proper technology tools to help you achieve meaningful learning. We will ask questions such as, "Would using VoiceThread make more sense to use for this learning goal than the discussion board?" and "Can I offer a real-world experience with certain teaching models such as scenario-based training and what technology tool will help me achieve this goal?"
Throughout this course, you will learn how to use rapid prototyping tools such as TechSmith Camtasia to help ensure buy-in from your students. You will complete a final project that will give you your first SCORM that you can embed in either Blackboard or Moodle.
Is this course right for you? Will it be too difficult or time consuming? Ask yourself whether you believe that you can better write your learning goals. There are usually tools that may seem difficult to learn at first, but with my help you will quickly master their basic functions to a degree where you will feel comfortable developing these lectures on your own.
This course will be challenging, but you will take away a better understanding of mediated learning and some technical skills to take your class to that next level (and skill that you colleagues will envy).