Online Teaching Course
The Fall 2016 cohort of the Online Teaching Course (OTC) is underway. Spring 2017 course information will be posted in November.
Before considering registration, please read through the description below so you are aware of the time commitment needed for the course.
If you are not familiar with Sakai, you will need to work through the Sakai training materials provided by ITRS before taking our course. If you need a Sakai overview, please notify us so we can make arrangements with ITRS. Our intent in the OTC is to provide an overview of best practices for teaching online; we do not cover Sakai basics.
Open to any Loyola faculty member, instructor, adjunct or teaching graduate student, the eight-unit training course covers the pedagogy and best practices of teaching and learning online. The first seven weeks of instruction are done entirely online. Unit 8 is a series of online workshops that help faculty select appropriate tools for their online teaching experience. Faculty select those workshops that are applicable to their pedagogical and technical needs; two workshops are required for a successful completion of the course. Faculty who complete the requirements will receive a letter of completion from the Faculty Center.
For delivery of the course, we use Sakai and other online tools readily available at Loyola University Chicago. Our goal is to provide faculty the experience of being a student while learning how to teach online. There are assignments and about 2-3 hours of reading expected each week. Approximately every other week there is an online, synchronous session where we meet online and discuss the topic of the week. These sessions are on Friday mornings at 10:00 AM; they are recorded and can be made up if you have a teaching assignment during this time.
Coursework online is a challenge for all students; those wishing to take this should be prepared to reserve sufficient time during each week to complete the readings and assignments (some of which are group work).