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Not all students have taken an online course, so it is important we help them understand how online courses work and help them be successful online learners. The Office of Teaching & Learning (OTL) created a resource page for students called “The Successful Online Learner” that includes an “Online Readiness Assessment” to help students understand their level of preparedness for online courses. Instructors are invited to share this resource and assessment with their online students to better prepare them for the online learning environment.

In addition, not many faculty members have taken or taught an online course, so we also created a resource for faculty members entitled “What You Need to Know About Teaching Online”. We encourage you to read this if you are thinking about teaching an online class.

The OTL offers intensive workshops for faculty members teaching in the online or hybrid format. The next Teaching Online Workshop (TOW) begins on July 7, 2014 and is required before faculty members can teach an online course at DU.  Both TOW and the Hybrid 3D workshops span several weeks, are primarily delivered online, and faculty members experience online or hybrid delivery first-hand as students. Participants in these workshops will develop their online or hybrid course as part of the workshop activities.

Teaching Online Workshop Registration and Details

For information about when the next Hybrid 3-D Workshop will be offered, contact Virginia Pitts.

The OTL is offering two intensive workshops this summer for faculty members who plan to teach an online or hybrid course next year.  The official DU definitions for online and hybrid are:

Online/Distance: A course in which all or nearly all of the organized instruction is conducted online or by distance learning methodologies.

Combined/Hybrid: A course in which online (or other distance) instruction is combined with face to face instruction, where a substantial portion of the face to face instruction is replaced by online instruction.

The Hybrid 3-D Workshop begins on June 21st and the Teaching Online Workshop (TOW) begins on August 5th. Both workshops span several weeks, are primarily delivered online, and faculty members experience online or hybrid delivery first-hand as students. Participants in these workshops will develop their online or hybrid course as part of the workshop activities.

Hybrid 3-D Workshop Registration and Details

Teaching Online Workshop Registration and Details

The Hybrid Course Design, Development, and Delivery (Hybrid 3D) Workshop is for faculty who will be teaching a hybrid course within the coming academic year.  The purpose of this online, self-paced workshop is to prepare participants to design, develop, and deliver hybrid courses that maximize student learning. 

This workshop can also support faculty members in designing and developing courses using the “flipped” approach.

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What would I gain from the Hybrid 3D Workshop?

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Identify ways in which they might capitalize on the unique opportunities afforded by the hybrid approach to improve student learning in their own courses.
  • Design a peer-reviewed hybrid module(s) that incorporates face-to-face and online components in ways that will promote student learning, and that can be used as a template for designing an entire hybrid course.
  • Build a hybrid module in Canvas, based on the initial design, that guides students through module activities, and that can be used as template for building an entire hybrid course.

How is the workshop structured?

This workshop is designed to allow participants choice in how they go through it.  As such, there are three ways in which participants can engage with the workshop activities/materials; they can:

  • Go through the activities/materials in sequence, and complete and submit all of the assignments for points to receive a certificate of completion
  • Go through the activities/materials in sequence, and complete the activities as they see fit for their own learning (even getting feedback along the way), but not submit the assignments for points
  • Use the workshop materials simply for reference, but not complete the assignments.

The workshop consists of three modules:

  • In the first module, participants learn about ways in which the hybrid approach can improve student learning, and review real life examples of how others have incorporated the hybrid approach into their own teaching.   Participants start identifying ways in which they might utilize the hybrid approach to improve student learning in their own courses.
  • In the second module, participants are supported in designing at least one module/topic for their own hybrid course, getting feedback along the way, using the instructional design process sometimes referred to as “backwards design”.
  • In the third module, participants use Canvas to develop the modules/topics they designed, and create an action plan describing a strategy for incorporating the hybrid approach moving forward.

What is the time commitment?

The estimated time to complete the entire workshop is roughly 25 hours.  Participants can spread that out over how ever many weeks they choose; most participants will choose to take the workshop over a period of 4 to 6 weeks.

When is the next workshop and how can I register?

Given that this is a self-paced workshop, you can take it at any time.  However, you will get the most out of it if you take it with at least one or two other people.  If you are interested in enrolling in the workshop (on your own or with others who you know are interested), or if you would like to find out if/when there are others already others planning to take it, please contact Virginia.Pitts@du.edu.

How can I learn more?

For more information about the workshop, please contact Virginia.Pitts@du.edu.

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Online and Hybrid Courses

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