Online Instructor Training: Introduction to Online Learning

Facilitator:
Kristin Koepke, Instructional Designer

The UW-L Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning (CATL) offers a three-week Online Instructor Training: Introduction to Online Learning session for UW-L faculty and staff members interested in learning how to design, deliver, and facilitate online courses. During the 2013-2014 academic year, two sections will be offered - January 2015 (Friday, January 2 - Friday, January 23, 2015) AND Summer 2015 (Wednesday, May 27 - Wednesday, June 17, 2015). Registration is limited so please read more details below and complete the registration form below if you are interested in the training. Questions about the training can be addressed to the training facilitator, Kristin Koepke.

Training Description: The training will familiarize instructors with best practices in online teaching, and employs an active learning approach in which participants engage in an online learning environment while applying principles of course design and delivery to a course s/he is preparing to teach online.

Training Competencies and Objectives:

Course Competency 1: Apply principles from the UW-L Online Course Evaluation Guidelines to the design, delivery, and review of an online course
Learning Objective: Define facilitation as it applies to the instructor in the online learning environment
Learning Objective: List and describe at least five effective practices for designing and delivering online courses that will be employed in participants online course
Learning Objective: Use D2L to construct one module or unit of an online course

Course Competency 2: Create quality learning units in D2L for use in an online course
Learning Objective: Write at least three instructional objectives for three different levels of Bloom's taxonomy
Learning Objective: Apply principles of the UW-L Online Course Evaluation Guidelines to the design of the one constructed module or unit of an online course
Learning Objective: Use D2L to construct one module or unit of an online course

Course Competency 3: Understand various considerations for the online learning environment
Learning Objective: Explain the resources and support available to UW-L Online instructors
Learning Objective: Demonstrate active participation in an online course by being an active participant in this training, posting at least four substantial posts on four separate days of the module week

Audience: The course is intended for any faculty or staff member (instructional, non-instructional, or classified) interested in learning how to design, deliver, and facilitate online courses. Consider taking the training if you:

  • are considering applying for a UW-L Online Education Grant in the future -- NOTE: This training fulfills the required training prerequisite to apply for UW-L Online Course and Program Grants.  
  • are currently teaching online and want to evaluate your course and its effectiveness
  •  want to teach online in the future
  • are interested in learning more about approaches that are effective in the online learning environment

The training may be taken for credit. For more information about the credit option please contact Lynn Weiland in Continuing Education (lweiland@uwlax.edu). 

Time Commitment: The training is three weeks in length and offered in a fully online, asynchronous format. You can do the work to fit your schedule but there are assignments and tasks to complete by set deadlines and you will be required to participate actively throughout the three weeks. The training will take place through a Desire2Learn (D2L) course requiring you to have access to a computer and internet for the duration of the training. The time commitment is approximately 10 hours per week, and depends on the trainees experience with D2L and with course preparation activities (see "Prerequisite Work and/or Knowledge" below).

Prerequisite Work and/or Knowledge: Successful completion of the training involves developing a complete section of an online course. To prepare for this, it will be in your best interest to have access to your course materials such as course objectives, textbook(s), topics to cover, readings, assignments, etc. While you are likely to revise material, it will save you significant time if you have these resource materials available during the online training.  In addition, it is beneficial to have a working knowledge of Desire2Learn (D2L) prior to attending the training. Past participants in the training strongly recommend two things:

  • Be sure you have the time to devote to the training over the three weeks.
  • Make sure you have a working knowledge of D2L prior to taking this training.

Registered participants in the Online Instructor Training program are invited to attend a half-day D2L workshop about using D2L for online courses. 

Finally, the training is likely to challenge you to think differently about your course content as you develop it for the online learning environment. This training is most successful when you approach it with an open mind and attitude.

Registration: Please contact the training facilitator, Kristin Koepke (kkoepke@uwlax.edu), Instructional Designer in CATL, if you have questions. Training sessions do fill on a first come, first serve basis.

To register for the January 2015 (Friday, January 2 - Friday, January 23, 2015) training please complete this form.

To register for the Summer 2015 (Wednesday, May 27 - Wednesday, June 17, 2015) training please complete this form.