Teaching Online Workshop

Over 165 faculty members have completed the Teaching Online Workshop 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

2014-08-28T10:13:07-06:00

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

2014-08-28T11:00:15-06:00

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

2014-09-02T11:21:40-06:00

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

2014-09-03T14:48:12-06:00

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.

2014-09-10T16:52:23-06:00

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 Workshop (TOW) is an intensive online workshop 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 TOW is a requirement for DU faculty members planning to teach online.

What is the Teaching Online Workshop (TOW)?

The Teaching Online Workshop is offered 2-3 times per year. The workshop is delivered entirely online and instructors experience online learning first-hand from the student perspective. Participants develop their online course as part of the workshop activities and will:

  1. Learn best practices for designing an online course using the Quality Matters course design standards.
  2. Learn best practices for teaching an online course.
  3. Collaborate and network with colleagues through weekly online discussions and peer reviews.
  4. Design an online course syllabus and student learning activities that are consistent with your learning objectives.
  5. Learn how to organize and post online course materials in Canvas.
  6. Identify the challenges and benefits of teaching online.
  7. Practice communication strategies for teaching an online course.

Instructors and staff who complete the online workshop receive a certificate of completion from the Office of Teaching & Learning, a copy of Ko and Rossen’s, Teaching Online, A Practical Guide book, and a Quality Matters Rubric Workbook. We will also add your name to the OTL website.

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?

TOW Schedule and Estimated Faculty Time Commitment

  • Pre-Workshop – 1-3 hours
  • 3 Weeks Online – 5-10 hours per week (varies based on your level of experience with Canvas and number of times you have taught the course)
  • Post Workshop – 3-5 hours, 1-2 weeks after the online workshop ends (In person course presentations and online Quality Matters peer & self reviews)

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 workshop before I can teach an online course?

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 a different method of delivery than traditional classroom instruction. It is important to pay careful attention to course organization and design to improve student engagement, learning, and retention when developing an online course. By participating in the Teaching Online Workshop, faculty members will experience online learning from the student perspective, learn best practices for developing and facilitating online courses, and will develop their online course as part of the workshop activities.

When is the next workshop?

The next Teaching Online Workshop will begins on March 30, 2014. Contact Kathy Keairns if you would like to be added to the notification list for the Spring 2015 teaching online workshop.

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Who to contact?

For more information, contact Kathy Keairns.

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