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RWU Teaching Online Short Course

by Linda Beith, Director of Instructional Design

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The Department of Instructional Design, in collaboration with the School of Continuing Studies and the Library, developed a fully online, six-lesson preparatory course for faculty interested in transitioning to teaching in an online environment.

This course was developed based on best practices drawn from Quality Matters (a national benchmark for online course design), the Sloan Online Learning Consortium, Teaching with Sakai Innovation Program, Blackboard Exemplary Course Program and Educause research and data.

The course weaves in the principles of andragogy with the use of instructional technology tools to foster development of online and hybrid courses that address three main interactions: student-to-content, student-to-student and student-to-instructor. Faculty participants experience the online learning experience from the student perspective while applying what they learn from each lesson in building their own online courses.

This course is facilitated by the ID team and the Fall 2014 Teaching Online course is the sixth offering since its launch in the of Summer 2013. To date, 48 faculty participants have received a certificate of completion. A new section will be offered in January 2015.