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Most courses from the Online Learning Consortium are $170 for member institutions. UVA is a member institution; all faculty, staff, and students can take courses for the member price. Listed are some classes recommended as essential when transitioning to teaching online. Additional classes 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: a 10-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. In addition to the Teaching Online Certificate, they have courses on how to apply the QM rubric, assess courses, orient your online learners, design your online course, and design your blended course. Quality Matters courses tend to be more robust and require more work than those offered from OLC.
There is also a Collab group for Online Teaching & Learning.
Several events throughout the year may be of interest. Typically the Teaching with Technology Summity occurs in early October and the Innovations in Pedagogy Summit occurs in May. Virginia Tech also hosts the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy in winter.
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