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Teaching Effectively Online Program

The Teaching Effectively Online program (TEO) examines the experience of teaching and learning in the online environment, presents research-based best practices for designing online courses, and prepares faculty to use a variety of tools for communication, content delivery, and assessment.

TEO presents the key components of quality course design and covers how to create engaging course materials as well as meaningful interactions. Participants have the opportunity to explore online courses from different disciplines and to dialogue with experienced online faculty.

TEO is a "hybrid" program combining both face-to-face workshops and course work conducted entirely online. Questions about the program schedule can be sent to Wendy Verrei-Berenback, CTL Assistant Director, wverreib@uvm.edu

Program Goals and Objectives (from the Syllabus):

Goals

  1. Develop an understanding of best practices for designing and teaching an online course.
  2. Reflect upon individual teaching styles and on how they can be applied to the online environment.
  3. Reflect on the experience of being an online student.
  4. Increase familiarity with Blackboard.

Objectives

Faculty participants will:

  1. Develop an understanding of best practices for designing and teaching an online course:
    • Design a course plan that aligns learning objectives with content, assignments and assessments
    • Articulate best practices for organizing and sequencing content in an online course
    • Analyze online courses using a defined criteria
    • Develop a sample module outline providing examples of how content will be clear and engaging
    • Discuss teaching strategies that encourage academic discourse and communication among students, and between students and faculty
    • Evaluate strategies to assess student participation
    • Be able to explain their legal responsibilities regarding copyright and accessibility in an online course
  2. Reflect upon individual teaching styles and on how they can be applied to the online environment.
  3. Articulate how their individual teaching styles can be applied to online teaching.
    • Identify strategies that convey a strong teaching presence.
    • Reflect on the experience of being an online student
  4. Increase familiarity with Blackboard and be able to:
    • Create a thread in a discussion forum and post replies
    • Create a personal journal entry
    • Submit a document using the Assignment tool
    • View progress from the My Grades tool
    • Conduct basic instructor course management tasks (content, file management, using grade center, backing up)

For questions about the Teaching Effectively Online Program, please email Jennifer Dickinson, CTL Director (jadickin@uvm.edu) or Wendy Verrei-Berenback, Assistant Director (wverreib@uvm.edu).