The following resources are available to UVA instructors involved in online and other forms of technology-enhanced education.
Educause is a nonprofit association whose mission is “to advance higher education through the use of information technology.” Educause is a great resource for learning about trends in online learning that involve technology: accessible online course content, learning analytics, wearable technologies, and cyber security. Educause hosts webinars, conferences, email newsletters, and publications. There are also different special interest groups and regional meetings. UVA is an institutional member and anyone from UVA can register at their website and associate their account to UVA. This membership provides discounted prices to events, professional development and publications.
Online Learning Consortium (OLC) http://onlinelearningconsortium.org
The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning. OLC provides professional development, best practices, publications, free webinars, and conferences. UVA is an institutional member and anyone from UVA can register at their website and associate their account to UVA. This membership provides discounted prices to events, professional development and publications. OLC is a great resource for anyone interested in experimenting with creating digital educational content.
Quality Matters (QM) https://www.qualitymatters.org
Quality Matters (QM) is a system for evaluating the quality of online classes. The QM rubric is the backbone of the system and courses are reviewed by peers using the QM rubric. The rubric does an excellent job thoroughly evaluating course quality and has been iterated over decades. Professional development is available on this system ranging from an introduction to the rubric to certification as a QM reviewer. UVA is an institutional member and anyone from UVA can register at their website and associate their account to UVA. This membership provides discounted prices to events, professional development and publications.
Want to learn more about how to teach online or created blended or flipped classes?
Most courses from OLC are $170 for member institutions. UVA is a member institution so all faculty, staff and students can take courses for the member price. Listed here are some classes recommended as essential when transitioning to teaching online. Additional classes such as Designing Courses with a Multimodal Approach, Creating Effective Assessments, Facilitating Group Work Online, Designing a Flipped Classroom, and Fundamentals: ADA and Web Accessibility are also available.
Weeklong asynchronous session with one hour synchronous meeting. Estimated workload is 6-8 hours. This workshop will provide you with an important online learning experience as you explore the basics of online teaching and learning. You will learn the critical differences between online and face-to-face courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation. Your explorations will include research-based readings, presentations and discussions with other new online teachers and will be supported by sample documents such as online syllabus, discussion rubric etc. There will also be an hour-long optional (recorded) live session where you will get a chance to meet your facilitator to discuss important topics related to online teaching and ask your questions.
Weeklong asynchronous class, estimated workload is 6-8 hours. In this workshop, you will develop strategies for migrating content from the face-to-face to the online environment. You will learn to determine when to use asynchronous or synchronous methods, and you will explore tools for easily converting various types of content into web-appropriate formats.
The OLC Online Teaching Certificate prepares educators to teach and improve online courses using the OLC pillars of quality in online education—learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. A unique feature of the certificate program is that expert mentors work individually with each certificate candidate to accomplish specific goals. The Certificate consists of three phases: a10-week foundation course, three electives or learning specializations that focus on improving overall competency within a specific area of academic focus and a final capstone presentation.
Quality Matters is another standards-based organization that has developed a rubric for managing course quality. UVA is an institutional member. They have an on-going list of professional development opportunities https://www.qualitymatters.org/professional-development/schedule . In addition to the Teaching Online Certificate they have courses to apply the QM rubric, assess courses, orienting your online learners, designing your online course, and designing your blended course. Quality Matters courses tend to be more robust and require more work than those offered from OLC.
Looking for standards, guidance, news, and trends in online learning?
- EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com delivers insights and connects those exploring how technology can support equitable opportunities for all learners.
- Educause https://www.educause.edu is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology.
- Networked Learning Collaborative of Virginia (NLCVa) https://nlcvirginia.org is a learning technology federation among the Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. The goal of the NLCVA is to advance the academic missions and learning technology activities of member institutions through knowledge sharing, leveraged resources, and collaboration on innovative programs and ideas.
- Online Learning Consortium https://onlinelearningconsortium.org is the leading professional online learning organization devoted to providing best practice instruction, research, publications and guidance to educators around the world.
- Quality Matters https://www.qualitymatters.org has a rubric for evaluating course quality.
- WCET newsletter https://wcetfrontiers.org WCET is the leader in the practice, policy, & advocacy of technology enhanced learning in higher education. WCET is a national, member-driven, non-profit which brings together colleges and universities, higher education organizations and companies to collectively improve the quality and reach of e-learning programs.
- Portland Community College has a variety of resources: matrix of responsibilities for accessibility of online courses https://www.pcc.edu/resources/instructional-support/access/documents/a11y-responsibilites-final-web.pdf ,step-by-step guides for making different types of formats (PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Google Docs, etc) accessible here https://www.pcc.edu/resources/instructional-support/access/index.html, and the Query Guide for Online Course Design here https://www.pcc.edu/distance/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/03/Query-guide-online-course-design-Feb-2015.docx.
- The California Community College system has developed the @One Standards for Quality Online Teaching which can be accessed here: http://ccconlineed.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/@ONE_SQOT_CC.pdf
What some rubrics for developing your online course?
- Quality Matters Rubric 2011-2013 edition http://www.elo.iastate.edu/files/2014/03/Quality_Matters_Rubric.pdf
- Online Learning Consortium Quality Scorecard Suite https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/consult/olc-quality-scorecard-suite/ includes administration of online programs, blended learning programs, quality course teaching and instructional practice, digital courseware instructional practice, and the OSCQR Course Design Review rubrics.
- SUNY OSCQR Course Design Rubric and additional resources from the SUNY system can be found here https://bbsupport.sln.suny.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/OSCQR/OSCQR-Links-BKP-2016-08-09.html.
There is also a COLLAB group for Online Teaching & Learning that can be accessed here: https://collab.its.virginia.edu/portal/site/c713909c-18ab-4b00-bd2c-0910a588d005
Several events throughout the year may be of interest. Typically, the Teaching with Technologyy fair occurs in early October. The Innovation in Pedagogy Summit occurs in May. Virginia Tech also hosts the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy in February.