graphic representation of online learning toolsA free course for instructors focuses on developing the skills and tools they need to move their summer courses online.

Free course provides introduction to teaching online

The Office of Open Learning has opened registration for a free online course for instructors, focused on developing the skills and tools they need to move their summer courses online.

The first offering of “Introduction to Teaching Online,” runs from April 13 to 17 and will be facilitated by Dave Cormier and Ashlyne O’Neil, faculty in the Office of Open Learning. This course will be offered on an ongoing basis until the week of May 4.

O’Neil describes the course as providing “a supported pathway for instructors who are completely new to the world of online teaching and learning, as well as those who have taught online before, but are rethinking their course given the current circumstances.”

Instructors will be participating in a combination of live online collaborative sessions, self-paced activities, and ongoing discussions. Throughout the week, participants will have access to help from the Open Learning facilitators, and resources to help them build communication strategies, learning activities, and assessments for their online summer course. This is available for all University of Windsor instructors who are looking for support and guidance in building their online courses.

“We know that many faculty are looking for support in taking their existing course offerings online,” says Cormier. “The course is designed to be a pragmatic introduction to online pedagogy where each participant will finish with a draft syllabus for one of their courses.”

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