Online Teaching Course
The spring cohort of the Online Teaching Course began on January 26, 2015. The summer cohort will begin in early May; registration information will be posted closer to the opening date. Before considering registering, please read through the fall syllabus (linked below) and the course description provided here so you have an idea of the time commitment required to successful complete 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. Our intent is to provide an overview of best practices for teaching online; we do not cover Sakai basics or course-creation procedures.
Open to any Loyola faculty member, instructor or adjunct, the eight-unit training course covers the pedagogy and best practices of teaching and learning online. The first eight weeks of instruction are done entirely online. Unit 9 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 every week and about 1-2 hours of reading expected. Every other week there is an online, synchronous session where we meet online and discuss the topic of the week. 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).
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