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Teaching Online Short Course

Over 240 faculty members have completed the Teaching Online Short Course or  Teaching Online Workshop (TOW) since Fall 2009! Here’s what some recent participants have said about their experience:

Dr. Gregory Robbins
"While demanding, the Teaching Online Workshop is well worth the effort it takes. Beyond learning how to negotiate Canvas and being introduced to the Quality Matters Program for online course design, you receive astonishingly detailed feedback as you build your course from instructors who have terrific pedagogical instincts, who review your materials with tremendous care, and who offer invaluable suggestions and strategies for improvement."

Dr. Gregory Robbins, Chair, Department of Religious Studies

2014-08-28T10:13:07+00:00

Dr. Gregory Robbins, Chair, Department of Religious Studies

Dr. Gregory Robbins
“While demanding, the Teaching Online Workshop is well worth the effort it takes. Beyond learning how to negotiate Canvas and being introduced to the Quality Matters Program for online course design, you receive astonishingly detailed feedback as you build your course from instructors who have terrific pedagogical instincts, who review your materials with tremendous care, View Full →
Dr. Elizabeth Drogin
"The TOW was invaluable in preparing me to teach my first online course. The workshop provided a wealth of resources and strategies for teaching online, as well as opportunities to experiment with specific tools and approaches in a supportive environment. Most helpful, though, was the incredible amount of personal attention and feedback provided by the instructors. I would highly recommend this course to anyone considering teaching online."

Dr. Elizabeth Drogin, Lecturer, Writing Program

2014-08-28T11:00:15+00:00

Dr. Elizabeth Drogin, Lecturer, Writing Program

Dr. Elizabeth Drogin
“The TOW was invaluable in preparing me to teach my first online course. The workshop provided a wealth of resources and strategies for teaching online, as well as opportunities to experiment with specific tools and approaches in a supportive environment. Most helpful, though, was the incredible amount of personal attention and feedback provided by the View Full →
Dr. Christy Rossi
“Having the opportunity to be a student in an online learning environment was really valuable. I experienced firsthand how helpful it is to receive information about the learning modality and course organization early on, to ensure that students know what to expect before tackling course content."

Dr. Christy Rossi, Lecturer, Department of Psychology

2014-09-02T11:21:40+00:00

Dr. Christy Rossi, Lecturer, Department of Psychology

Dr. Christy Rossi
“Having the opportunity to be a student in an online learning environment was really valuable. I experienced firsthand how helpful it is to receive information about the learning modality and course organization early on, to ensure that students know what to expect before tackling course content.”
Dr. Omar Gudino
"Participating in the TOW helped me recognize what quality online learning looks like and changed my perception of online courses for the better. As a student in this online workshop, I was able to experience firsthand how thoughtful course design and judicious use of multimedia tools can come together to create a rich learning environment. Practically speaking, the TOW also provided a fantastic opportunity to develop a course with thoughtful feedback and ongoing support from the instructors and my colleagues. The TOW is a wonderful resource for any instructor who is new to online teaching."

Dr. Omar Gudino, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

2014-09-03T14:48:12+00:00

Dr. Omar Gudino, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Omar Gudino
“Participating in the TOW helped me recognize what quality online learning looks like and changed my perception of online courses for the better. As a student in this online workshop, I was able to experience firsthand how thoughtful course design and judicious use of multimedia tools can come together to create a rich learning environment. View Full →
Dr. Jim Platt
“Don’t be afraid to sign up for this valuable workshop even if you are a technology novice as I was. The TOW faculty were exceptionally helpful, understanding, and patient with those of us who were “technologically challenged."

Dr. James Platt, Department of Biological Sciences, retired.

2014-09-10T16:52:23+00:00

Dr. James Platt, Department of Biological Sciences, retired.

Dr. Jim Platt
“Don’t be afraid to sign up for this valuable workshop even if you are a technology novice as I was. The TOW faculty were exceptionally helpful, understanding, and patient with those of us who were “technologically challenged.”

The Teaching Online Short Course (formerly Teaching Online Workshop) is an intensive online course designed to prepare faculty members  to teach an online course. By DU’s definition, an online course is a course in which all or nearly all of the organized instruction is conducted online. Completing the course is a requirement for DU faculty members planning to teach online.

What is the Teaching Online Short Course?

The Teaching Online Short Course is offered 2-4 times per year depending on demand. The course is delivered entirely online and instructors experience online learning first-hand from the student perspective. After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Locate OTL resources related to online course facilitation and design.
  2. Identify methods for engaging and motivating online learners.
  3. Recognize appropriate uses for assessment tools (assignments, quizzes, rubrics, etc.).
  4. Identify effective techniques for providing feedback.
  5. Demonstrate best practices for facilitating discussion boards.
  6. Apply experience as an online learner to the facilitation of your own course.

Thinking about teaching online? Take this Faculty Self-Assessment for Online Teaching Preparedness to see if you are ready for online teaching.

What is the time commitment?

Schedule and Estimated Faculty Time Commitment

3 Weeks Online – 6-12 hours per week (varies based on your level of experience with Canvas and number of times you have taught the course)

Note: To be eligible for the workshop,  participants must be familiar with Canvas and have completed the DU Canvas Instructor Tutorial course.

Why do I have to take a course before I can teach online?

The University of Denver is committed to providing our students with quality online courses and online course development & delivery requires a high level of organization and different methods and strategies than traditional classroom instruction. It is important to pay careful attention to course organization and facilitation to improve student engagement, learning, and retention in online courses. By participating in the Teaching Online short course, faculty members will experience online learning from the student perspective, and learn best practices for developing and facilitating online courses.

Full-time DU faculty members who complete the Teaching Online Short Course will receive a $1000 stipend.

When is the next Teaching Online Short Course?

Below are the dates for the next three Teaching Online Short Course sessions.

Winter Term: Monday, January 15 – Sunday, February 4, 2018
Spring Term: Monday, April 2 – Sunday, April 22, 2018
Summer Term: Monday, July 9 – Sunday, July 29, 2018

Keep in mind that we reserve the right to cancel a session if we do not have a minimum of 5 people registered to take the course. Contact Kathy Keairns if you would like to be added to the notification list for upcoming Teaching Online Short Course sessions. You will be sent an official registration form before the session begins.

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Who to contact?

For more information, contact Kathy Keairns.


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