The TLT Center, with the support of The Center for Faculty Development, is pleased to announce they will be offering a session this summer for faculty to earn a certificate in Online Teaching. This will be the third time the TLT Center will be offering this opportunity since its debut in November 2017. Renee Cicchino, Director of Instructional Design and Training, said "We have been thrilled with the response from the faculty members who have attended our Online Teaching workshops and earned their certificate. We've enjoyed offering the workshops and look forward to collaborating with more faculty this summer."
The program was developed to provide faculty with a variety of helpful tools to develop and facilitate online, or hybrid, classes. The program consists of five workshops covering the following topics: competencies in online teaching, increasing engagement, design, and implementation of an inclusive classroom, the Quality Maters rubric, and Blackboard Grade Center. Faculty who attend the series and complete the assignments are eligible to receive an Online Teaching Certificate.
Workshops will be held in either Space154 or the TLTC Conference Room, both in Walsh Library.
July 17, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Click here to register
This workshop focuses on structuring activities to engage students, classmates, and instructors in an online environment. Discussion topics include best practices using the discussion boards and groups as well as commutation tools. Participants will be asked to submit a summary of how they plan to incorporate engagement strategies in their online course in three areas: faculty to student, student to student, and student to content.
The Blackboard Grade Center
July 18, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Click here to register
This session will focus on how faculty can best utilize the power of the Blackboard Grade Center. Topics covered will include how to create categories, weighted columns, total columns and how to provide assignment feedback to students.
The Inclusive Classroom
July 19, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Click here to register
Experience and research tell us that students learn in different ways, yet educational experiences are often designed around a "one size fits all" curriculum. This session will focus on implementing a framework that guides the design of learning and assessment with the diversity of the students in mind. We will explore these challenges from a variety of perspectives and identify course design alternatives and technologies to support learner diversity.
Competencies in Online Teaching – created by Larry Ragan, Penn State
July 24, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Click here to register
This workshop discusses benchmarks which every online faculty member should possess. These core competencies, developed by Larry Ragan of Penn State, provide insights and strategies to become a successful online instructor. Participants will complete a self-assessment evaluation and skill development plan and share it with the workshop facilitator.
Quality Matters, Blackboard, and Course Design
July 25, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Click here to register
This workshop provides an overview of the Quality Matters rubric in addition to using Blackboard to create a well-designed online course. The Quality Matters Blackboard template will be demonstrated as well. Participants will be asked to submit a course plan/outline; a template will be provided.