Foundations of Online/Hybrid Course Development
Why do I have to take a workshop before I can teach an online course?
Grand Valley State University is committed to providing our students with quality online and hybrid courses. Designed to provide a starting point and to meet the requirements stated in the GVSU faculty handbook, we will orient you with resources and tools to begin your planning process with a foundation of quality standards. Offered throughout the year in a hybrid format, participation in all components of the series is required. By participating in the Foundations of Online/Hybrid Course Development and Delivery Workshop, faculty members will experience online learning from the student perspective, learn best practices for developing and facilitating online courses, and will start the development process for your own online course as part of the workshop activities.
In this series, we will discuss the basics for developing a course with the online or hybrid designation. Designed to provide a starting point and to meet the requirements stated in the faculty handbook, we will orient you with resources and tools to begin your planning process with a foundation of quality standards. Offered throughout the year in different formats, participation in all components of the series is required.
2014-2015 Sessions (currently scheduled)
|Session 1||Friday May 8, 9am - noon(in seat; EC 513)|
|Session 2||May 8 - May 22(online)|
|Session 3||Friday May 22, 9am - noon(in seat; EC 513)|
|Session 1||Friday September 25, 1pm - 4pm(in seat; EC 513)|
|Session 2||Sept 25 - Oct 9(online)|
|Session 3||Friday October 9, 1pm - 4pm(in seat; EC 513)|
The amount of time it takes to finish the Foundations workshop will vary by individual.
- Initial in seat meeting: 3 hours
- Two weeks online: 3-8 hours. We've talked to our previous participants, and the amount of time this takes will vary based on your level of experience with Blackboard and the number of times you have taught the course that you are developing.
- Final in seat meeting: 3 hours
The online portion of the Foundations workshop will feature a variety of optional materials for you to explore at your leisure or save for future reference. These materials are, in all instances, marked in a way that will let you know that they are optional. Choosing to explore these materials during the workshop may significantly increase the amount of time you spend on the material.
As we will not engage in hands-on technology training during this workshop, participants are expected to have a basic competency with computer usage and Blackboard. Please use the following as a guide and alert the facilitator if you do not meet these competencies so we can plan accordingly.
Your competencies should include:
|Basic computer skills||Blackboard skills|
Want to Register?
Ready to sign-up? Registration for Foundations is handled through the University's Sprout website.
Session 1: in-seat meeting
- Set the foundation for online/hybrid course design and delivery
- Use established quality standards in the process for conceptualizing a full course
Session 2: online (two weeks)
Please expect to engage with online materials and the discussion board. This is an opportunity to "be a student" and gain some insight from that perspective.
- Necessary additions to a syllabus for an online/hybrid course
- Assessment strategies and alternative assessments
- Individualized Units of Content
- Introduction to Accessibility
Session 3: in-seat meeting
This session will include hands-on computer access in a lab.
- Outline and begin to develop Content unit
- Additional Practical Examples
- Resources and follow-up advice
- Optional extended time for light hands-on assistance
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