Modules for Teaching Online

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If you have questions, email Wendy Verrei-Berenback wverreib@uvm.edu.

For the past 20 years, “Teaching Effectively Online” was taught as a highly-structured, 4-week, cohort-based course. CTL staff and faculty associates are offering a new online teaching program that’s more flexible and responsive to faculty needs.

The new format allows you to select the modules you want to complete based on your interests, available time, and professional development goals related to online teaching.

How It Works

  • Modules will be opened January 6, 2022.
  • Each module takes between 3–5 hours to complete, including readings, viewings, and activities.
  • You can complete the modules in any order, and there are no prerequisites for any module. If you have not used the backward design framework to design a course, completing the “Backward Design” module first will be beneficial.
  • The modules are self-paced. You are not required to participate with peers and there is no active facilitation. However, you will receive feedback on assignments you complete and an instructor is always available to answer your questions.
  • Modules will open on January 6th and because they are self-paced, there is no specific end date.

Module List

» Backward Course Design
In this module, you will apply the foundational principles of the “backward design” framework to design courses that foster student success. Courses designed with this framework clearly communicate to students what they will learn, how they will learn it, and how they will know if they have achieved mastery. Your work in this module focuses on creating alignment among your course’s learning objectives, activities, feedback, and assessment methods.
» Student-Friendly Online Courses
This module introduces evidence-based strategies for designing courses that are both welcoming and well organized. You will examine three topics: the importance of pacing, strategies to decrease student confusion, and strategies to create a welcoming learning environment that sets students up for success.
» Content Considerations for Online Courses
Using the lens of Universal Design for Learning, this module introduces strategies for:

  • Curating content from existing resources
  • Connecting content to learning objectives and assignments
  • Creating content that’s sustainable for your workload and engaging for your students
» Engaging Online Assignments (knowledge of backward design is helpful)
In this module, we combine the frameworks of Universal Design for Learning and Transparency in Learning and Teaching to create assignments that are engaging, are described clearly, and help students understand why the assignment contributes to their learning.