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TEP Online Instructional Training Modules

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As part of our support for instructors teaching fully online and/or merging their in-class instruction into an online environment, we have developed a series of online instructional learning modules. These modules have been specifically designed for instructors who are developing a fully online or hybrid course materials that will be facilitated through the university Blackboard system.

If you are interested in one or more of the listed training modules please email us at for more information. We will enroll you on our Blackboard training site for the modules you wish to review.

As instructors and students expand the boundaries of where and how learning takes place, the online forum for teaching has become more diverse and robust as a medium for education. The modules we offer here address the following overarching objectives for participants:

The following is a listing of the specific modules and the topics they each cover:

Online Course Structure: Creating a Roadmap for Learning
In this module the focus is on structure; specifically on helping students understand the logistic and thematic structures of your course. This module works toward the integration of course goals and learning objectives into a syllabus and adapting that syllabus for an online course. Additionally, this module facilitates a discussion about the many ways we communicate a narrative of learning to students, and the opportunities to do this in an online course. The module also works towards mapping the navigational structure for a course, since it is essential to have an easy-to-navigate course site that allows students to acclimate quickly to online learning.

Creating a Sequential Learning Experience: Unit Planning
This module focuses on taking drafts of a site navigation, course structure, and learning objectives to begin addressing specific learning units within a course site. Participants will begin to address the micro components of a course. Reflection will be an important component of this module, as participants will reflect on maximizing content delivery, clarifying course organization, and creating an accessible format for the students. Additionally, this module will address some basic ideas about what roles instructors play in an on-line classroom: Are we responsible for providing technical support for our students? If so, where do we need to draw the line on answering their tech-related questions and trying to resolve their problems? When do we refer them to other resources? If not, what kind of outside resources can provide this support for our students?

Student Engagement and Participation
For this module the focus will be on how to create student engagement within an online environment. Participants will create and experiment with the Discussion Board component. Even if you are not planning to use discussion-based student activities, this module can help you consider the ways in which this kind of online engagement can be rewarding and challenging.

Assessment and Feedback
What are the unique benefits and challenges the online environment offers an instructor for evaluating student learning? And what are the unique benefits and challenges for using online tools for course evaluation? This module presents on some of the Blackboard tools for assessment, and explores the strategies for measuring student learning, and measuring our own instructor success through midterm evaluations. Rubric development will be addressed to clarify and articulate grading standards through an online collaborative process.

Dynamic Content Presentation and the Advanced Internet
In this module information is provided about other online applications to consider in reaching out to more learning styles. One focus is on the use of multimedia (audio, video, RSS feeds) within Blackboard. Web 2.0 applications such as blogging, wikis, podcasting, shared document applications, and other learning objects are also addressed. This module gives a basic introduction to intellectual property, copyright, and fair use considerations when teaching an online course.