Modules for Teaching Online

How to register:
If you’re interested in enrolling in one or more of the modules, please email Wendy Verrei-Berenback wverreib@uvm.edu

See list of modules available this August

For the past 20 years, “Teaching Effectively Online” was taught as a highly-structured, 4-week, cohort-based course. This summer, 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 offered between Aug 2–16. The “Inclusive Teaching Practices” module, the only module that isn’t self-paced, will run from Aug 9–13.
  • Each module will take 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.
  • With the exception of the “Inclusive Teaching” module, 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.
  • The “Inclusive Teaching Practices” module will be facilitated during a scheduled date range, and you will be expected to engage with the other participants and instructors.

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 Ideas & Tools 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.
» Inclusive Teaching Practices (cohort-based, runs from 8/9 – 8/13)
In this module, you will consider the many ways you can design an online course that reflects a diverse society and uses teaching strategies that promote equity and inclusion.