Getting Ready to Teach an Online Course at Truman?
Get important training and experience while earning certification in one of several great options for new online instructors.
*If an enrollment fee is listed for your choice of workshop, the faculty member must consult with their department/school to arrange for payment. ITS, nor the Provost’s Office has set-aside funding for these options.
Truman’s Ready, Set, Click! (Self-guided/Un-Moderated version)
No enrollment fee – $0
This workshop provides information and strategies for successful online teaching and learning in an un-moderated, self-paced format. Enrollment is available at any time upon request.
This workshop will be helpful in identifying those issues that make the online classroom different and how to address them in ways to set yourself and your students up for a successful Truman experience. All content and assessments are available via Blackboard.
The schedule of the Self-Paced/Self-Guided Ready, Set, Click! workshop is flexible. Participants should negotiate with their dean to select appropriate target start and end dates. Participants, once enrolled, may proceed through the materials at their own pace, completing the 4 unit quizzes and 1 final exam with certain mastery level scores. All other journals, wikis, discussion boards and other interactive-type assignments are optional (included for demonstration purposes) in this workshop.
Magna Online Courses: Step-by-Step
Enrollment fee of $299
This online training program shows you how to make the leap from traditional classroom to virtual classroom. Online Courses: Step-by-Step is an online training program, led by online veteran John Orlando, Ph.D., that introduces you to critical online teaching concepts and gives you the tools you need to get your classes online successfully.
It’s organized into three convenient modules:
- Online Pedagogy
- Design & Assessing
- The Tools
Teaching Online: An Introduction to Online Delivery https://www.qualitymatters.org/professional-development/workshops/higher-ed-tol
Enrollment fee of $200
This workshop explores basic components of online course delivery. Participants will be introduced to differences between traditional face-to-face learning and online learning, the instructor’s role in the online classroom, the importance of getting (and keeping) students engaged, and methods of facilitating online discussions using the discussion board.
Course is online over the course of two weeks, (offered every month or two) and it is facilitated. There are no prerequisite requirements. Participants can expect to spend 4-10 hours per week to successfully complete this workshop.
OLC’s New to Online: Essentials Part 1, Getting Started
Enrollment fee of $270.00
“An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself. This workshop will provide you with an important online learning experience as you explore the basics of online teaching and learning. You will learn the critical differences between online and face-to-face courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation. Your explorations will include research-based readings, presentations and discussions with other new online teachers and will be supported by sample documents such as online syllabus, discussion rubric etc. There will also be an hour-long optional (recorded) live session where you will get a chance to meet your facilitator to discuss important topics related to online teaching and ask your questions.” The course is built on a week-long asynchronous model with an optional one-hour synchronous session with the facilitator. Expect approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments.
Successful completion of any one of the listed workshops will meet the Provost’s requirement for online certification – which must be met in order to teach a fully-online course here at Truman. If participating in any of the non-Truman options, participants must provide copy of course completion certificate to the Office of the Provost. Course completion for Truman’s Ready, Set, Click! workshop is automatically sent to the Office of the Provost.
Truman’s Learning Management System (LMS) is Blackboard Learn
In addition to being comfortable with the pedagogy techniques recommended for use in the online classroom, instructors should also have an intermediate level of Blackboard knowledge. If training is needed, open hours for Blackboard training and Q&A are held the first Thursday of each month in MC 215 from 9:30-11:30 A.M. Blackboard administrator, Sherry Dare is also available for individual training sessions by appointment.