Enhancing Online Education

Professional learning opportunities designed for online and hybrid instructors

New to this program? Learn about the choice of formats.

Summer 2024

Summer is a great time to earn your certificate and a letter of recognition shared with your dean and department chair. Just complete five micro-courses in any order, at any time they are offered.

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Course Planning - Apply evidence-based design frameworks to create a cohesive, learner-centered course

Webinar: May 23, 9-10:30 a.m.

Micro-course: May 27-June 11

When designing an online course it is important to plan a cohesive, organized, and student-centered learning experience. This includes the selection of course materials and the ways you ask students to demonstrate their learning. In this program, you will begin to plan an inclusive and learner-centered course using design frameworks to envision what and how you want your students to learn. You will also start to develop a module plan and course organization.

Designing Assessments - Create robust assessments that accurately measure course learning outcomes

Webinar: June 12, 9-10:30 a.m.

Micro-course: June 13-28

Tests and papers are only two of a myriad of options for assessing what your learners understand. In this program, you will explore different types of assessments and how they can help your students progress toward your desired course outcomes. You will also create and receive feedback on an assessment of your choice and identify the essential components for designing a successful group project.

Fostering Community - Adopt strategies to create relationships and promote a course learning community

Webinar: July 24, 9-10:30 a.m.

Micro-course: July 25-August 6

Just as with in-person courses, creating community online with your students will expand their awareness, improve well-being and increase overall learning. With some planning and a consistent approach, you can foster a strong, productive online community. In this program, you will think more deeply about what “community” means, create materials to help your learners connect with you, and identify strategies to enhance interactions throughout your course.

Course Management - Adopt teaching practices that support and motivate learners

Webinar: August 7, 9-10:30 a.m.

Micro-course: August 8-16

Teaching online requires unique methods of time and course management. In this program, you will explore a variety of ways to manage an online course, including: developing an effective orientation, communicating expectations, organizing group work, and planning time effectively for both you and your students. You will develop a Course Rhythm Plan and Student Success Worksheet tailored to your course. 

Cultivating Inclusivity - Promote an online environment that embraces diversity and inclusion

Webinar: August 21, 9-10:30 a.m.

Micro-course: August 22-30

Explore strategies and develop a plan to foster an equitable and inclusive online learning environment. In this program, you will reflect on how your and your students’ social identities can be relevant when creating a sense of belonging. You will also identify strategies to address challenging situations such as microaggressions. Inclusive teaching practices will help you create a learning space in which students will feel more welcomed, valued and encouraged to succeed.

Formats

You’re welcome to attend one or both formats

Live webinar

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Provides a quick, interactive overview of each topic. You can then move forward independently to apply what you’ve learned or join the micro-course for more personalized feedback.

Time commitment: 1.5 hours.

These webinars were welcoming and inspiring and made me want to learn more.”

Micro-course

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Offered fully online via Canvas, these non-credit micro-courses are a deeper dive where you will apply what you learn and work directly on your course, receiving feedback from instructional experts. You will take part in both independent and collaborative activities.

BONUS:  Complete five micro-courses and you’ll receive a certificate and letter of recognition shared with your dean and department chair. Courses may be completed in any order, at any time they are offered.

Time commitment: About 8 to 10 hours, asynchronously, during the course period.

These micro-courses were eye-openers for all of us – really helped us learn how small changes in instruction make big differences.”

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