Over 300 faculty members have completed the Teaching Online Short Course or Teaching Online Workshop (TOW)!

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?

The teaching online short course is a commitment of three weeks online, between 6-12 hours per week. Your time commitment will vary based on your level of experience with Canvas and the number of times you have taught the 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 successfully complete the Teaching Online Short Course are eligible to receive a $500 stipend.

When is the next Teaching Online Short Course?

Spring Session: Monday, April 6 – Sunday, April 26, 2020. Register here if you are interested in participating in this session.

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 Terri Johnson 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 Terri Johnson.

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