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Online/Hybrid Teaching 2020-2021 - Faculty Workshop Options
For faculty planning to teach online and hybrid courses, a competency requirement must be met. For those not already approved to teach online and hybrid courses, we have expanded the menu of training options available, assembling options that take into account varying educational technology experience levels and unique disciplinary contexts.
Faculty choosing among these options are also expected to reference the quality standards detailed in the Online/Hybrid Course Peer Review Rubric (Word doc) and learn the basic functions of Blackboard, our learning management system. Review Basic Blackboard competencies here.
For Winter 2021 teaching, Tuesday, January 5 is the date by which instructors need to complete training (or provide evidence of having completed certification elsewhere).
Please also see the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.
Option One - eLearning Foundations Workshop
The self-paced version of the Foundations of Online and Hybrid Course Development workshop is now available! The online materials and hands-on activities guide participants through best practices associated with effective online teaching. The content of this workshop consists of five pedagogy-focused modules and a number of elective modules that cover more practical or technical topics. To complete this workshop successfully, participants must complete all five required modules, as well as two of the available elective modules. Participants work at their own pace, but are expected to complete the training within the equivalent of one academic term. Upon finishing the required work, faculty will meet one-on-one with a member of the eLearning team to review their progress and confirm that all requirements have been met. For additional details and registration instructions, visit the Foundations of Online and Hybrid Course Development page.
Option Two - Magna Workshop
Complete the Developing and Teaching an Online Class course offered by Magna Publications. This completely asynchronous course can be started at any time.
- Articulate the differences between face-to-face and online teaching
- Build and present online courses with confidence
- Create syllabi, assessments, feedback methods, and other classroom tools based on best practices
- Use technology to enhance students’ classroom experience and learning outcomes
This course requires ~5 hours to complete, comprises video content, activities, worksheets, and additional resources to explore over the one-year access period. The tuition is covered by the Pew FTLC. Please note: on the Magna workshop website, the time to complete the course of 20-25 hours accounts for the many optional resources that are included. Faculty have access to these resources for one year after completion of the workshop.
Option Three - Quality Matters Workshop
Complete the Teaching Online: An Introduction to Online Delivery workshop offered through Quality Matters. This workshop explores basic components of online course delivery. Participants will be introduced to best practices for teaching in an online learning environment, the instructor’s role and the learner’s role in the online classroom, the importance of getting (and keeping) students engaged, and methods of facilitating online discussions using the discussion board.
This instructor-facilitated, asynchronous course takes place over two weeks, requiring 10 to 12 hours of time per week to spend on achieving the learning objectives. To learn more about the workshop, visit the Quality Matters workshop website. The tuition is covered by the Pew FTLC. Faculty must submit an application by following the link below or by contacting us for approval before registering for this workshop.
Upcoming workshop dates:
- November 19 - December 3
- January 7 - January 21
- January 14 - January 28
- January 21 - February 4
- February 4 - February 18
- February 11 - February 25
- February 18 - March 3
- February 25 - March 11
Option Four - Online Teaching, Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM)
Complete the six-week Online Teaching course offered by ETOM (Educational Technology Organization of Michigan). This six-week online course is designed to provide participants with the experience of being an online student while introducing them to the pedagogical and technical issues of online teaching. While participants may want to adapt their teaching materials and methods to a completely online delivery, this course is also suitable for those wishing to move only parts of their courses online (e.g. hybrid). The course focuses on four main areas: orientation to online teaching and learning, designing an online course, constructing an online course and managing and supporting an online course. Participants will follow a design process that will help them plan their online instruction for maximum effectiveness. While participants master the basic Blackboard tools, the course will focus on online teaching. Further details can be found on the course site. The tuition will be covered by the Pew FTLC for a small cohort of GVSU faculty. Faculty must submit an application by following the link below or by contacting us for approval before registering for the workshop. Availability is limited.
Summer 2021, Cohort 1: May 10–June 20
Summer 2021, Cohort 2: July 5–August 16
Option Five - Customized Workshops
If you are well acquainted with Blackboard and have been utilizing elements of online instruction in your face-to-face courses, contact us to select from an additional menu of special topic workshops. Through our memberships to Quality Matters, Online Learning Consortium, and Magna Publications, we can help you select a customized professional development plan that meets the training requirements. Contact us at email@example.com.