The ITC provides a free online course called "How To Teach Online" that is available to UTM faculty who need to learn what it really takes to teach online. It is open to both new online faculty and existing online faculty who need a fresh perspective or new ideas. The course is offered several times throughout the year, and it takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks to complete the course.
What you will learn during the course:
- What it is like to be an online student - many faculty who begin teaching online have never actually participated in an online course so they don't know what to expect or how an online course works. So being a student in an online course is an invaluable experience that will provide deep insight into what the faculty member's students will experience.
- How to convert face-to-face content to online content - the reality is that everything you do in a face-to-face class can't be done exactly the same way in an online course. We will show you the various ways that you can convert the content in a way that maintains the learning objectives.
- Copyright and Fair Use issues - keeping up with what you can and can't do with media on the internet is a huge task. Fortunately, there are some general guidelines that we provide you that are generally accepted by everyone across the country.
- The various technology tools available to you - there are many wonderful technology tools that help you overcome some of the challenges of teaching online. Plagiarism detection, community-building, cheating, meeting with students, etc. are some of the online-teaching challenges that we help you address using the tools that are freely available to you. You will use these tools during the course so you can see for yourself how they work and how they can be used to deliver instruction.
- How to best organize and facilitate your course - the management of an online course is significantly different from the management of a face-to-face course, and going through this training will open your eyes as to what you can realistically expect to experience.
- The difference between a face-to-face syllabus and an online syllabus - yes, there really is a difference. And yes, you need to know about it.
Other benefits of taking this course:
- Interactions with other faculty - we go through many activities and exercises that allow you to share ideas and talk to other faculty in the course. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your concerns about teaching online and get new perspectives on your teaching style from other faculty.
- Pre and Post sessions - we hold face-to-face pre-course orientation and 'post-course wrap-up' sessions to allow you the opportunity to ask questions and get answers, as well as critique what we did during the course.
- Resources that you can use - you will receive invaluable resources that you get to keep during the course. These resources will help you going forward as you develop your online courses.
NOTE: This course is just like a regular online course that students would take. Therefore, it takes a certain commitment of time per week from participants. We estimate that you need to commit at least 4 to 5 hours of your time per week interacting with the course and other course participants.
The entire training course is online, which means we never meet together face-to-face. However, there is a 1 hour orientation session and a 1 hour wrap-up session that is face-to-face, and usually occurs on a Friday afternoon that fits the schedule of most of the participants.
If you are interested in taking this free online course, contact Craig Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 881-7609.
NOTE: due to high demand, this online course is only being offered to UT Martin faculty and staff.
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