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Professional Development Institute: Teaching Online

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Accessing the Course

If you are a faculty member, full- or part-time, you should already have access to the teaching online course. You will find it in Blackboard, under PDI0900 Teaching Online.  If you do not have access, please contact

Modules in the Teaching Online Course

Community/ Presence

How Can I Keep Students Engaged with Instructor Presence?
This video will help you do a better job of being yourself in your online classroom—and you’ll be able to track your progress from the get-go, thanks to an in-session self-assessment. You’ll also come away with a host of strategies for managing your online presence to maximize student engagement.

How Do I Create a Lively, Yet Functional, Online Classroom?
This video provides ready-to-use solutions that help instructors run efficient interactive classrooms that challenge and enrich students.

How Do I Create Social Presence in My Online Classes?
Social presence is important in online teaching – maybe even more so than in face-to-face classrooms. The way you go about establishing it is quite a bit different, however. This presentation centers on the social-presence concepts of intimacy and immediacy.

How Do I Create a Welcoming Online Classroom?
This video explores easy-to-implement changes that enhance the look of your online classroom and create a community space that students find accessible and appealing.

How Can I Build Community in My Online Classes?
In this presentation, you’ll discover effective, easy-to-implement techniques to help instill in your online students the cooperation, trust, respect, and enthusiasm that are hallmarks of strong learning communities. And in doing so, you’ll promote better student retention, enhanced learning outcomes, and overall student satisfaction

Creating Content

How Can Course Design Help Prevent Online Cheating?
Educators have been able to dramatically reduce the frequency and intensity of cheating by implementing some realistic strategies, which are discussed in this video.

How Can I Create Effective Mini-Lectures?
Learn how to communicate with faculty about expectations for their performance. Examine how the hiring, training, development, and evaluation of online faculty can come together in a holistic approach that reinforces these teaching competencies.

How Can I Implement UDL in the Next 20 Days?
Educators have found success in applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles in their classrooms. Adding UDL strategies can keep your course fresh and relevant throughout the year, spurring student retention, persistence, and satisfaction.

How Can the 3 Cs of Course Design Enhance Students' Online Performance?
Online course design can either hinder or help learners focus and absorb the material. If the student is exerting their energies on manipulating the system, less time is available to devote to learning and critically thinking about the material. On the other hand, when expectations are clear, both faculty and students save time and avoid frustration.

How Do I Create and Implement Micro-lectures?
In this idea-filled presentation, the program mentor will show you how to use fast, focused video micro-lectures to deliver critical course content, create a personal connection with students, and engage them fully in the course material. 

What Are Five Tips for Creating Videos that Promote Knowledge and Expand My Reach?
There are many other ways to use video in higher education. From creating a video series to answering discussion questions, this training will help you approach video in new ways to establish expertise, expand scholarship, and attract grants and funding for research.

What Are the Secrets to Making Highly Effective Educational Videos?
In a clear and exciting presentation, your presenter walks you step by step through the process of conceiving, producing, and posting your own educational videos—that doesn’t require you to get in front of the camera.

Legal Aspects

20 Tips for Instructors about Making Online Learning Courses Accessible 20 Tips for Instructors about Making Online Learning Courses Accessible
Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D., Director of Accessible Technology Services and founder of DO-IT, offers a lecture to faculty in which she offers 20 tips, both in educational practices and in more technical practices, for how faculty can make their courses more accessible to students with disabilities.

How Can I Design Copyright-Compliant Courses?
You can spare yourself and possibly your institution a lot of problems and potential litigation by keeping your course design and use of materials within the limits of the law. In fact, simply being able to demonstrate that you were making a good-faith effort to follow best practices can be helpful if sticky situations develop.

How Can I Make My Course Content More Accessible?
Watching this video will help you meet your legal responsibility to provide all students with equitable opportunity in your courses.

Linking, Embedding & Streaming: What’s Legal? What’s Not?
It’s your responsibility to understand how copyright law and fair use regulations affect what material you can share with students and how. This program will help you understand what is and isn’t permitted in online teaching and will give you guidelines to help you find your own way when you encounter those areas that need a judgment call.

The Instructor

How Can I Develop Online Instructor Presence?
An effective online instructor presence is a crucial part of teaching today. Students respond more enthusiastically to instructors who "reach through the screen" to engage with them.

How Can I Get Useful Feedback to Improve My Online Teaching?
Faculty members need feedback in order to see where and how they can improve their online teaching. But this presentation won’t just help you gather that information—it will help you make sense of what you learn and take action accordingly.

How Can I Set Time Management Priorities in Online Teaching?
Mixing broad principles and practical advice, the presenter will show you how to identify and dismantle your barriers to effective instruction.

How Can I Use Frequent Student Feedback to Improve My Courses
In this video, the presenter shares the five times in the semester when getting student feedback is valuable and provides practical ways to obtain that information.

How Can I Use Student Feedback to Improve My Teaching?
This video will show you how you can employ student feedback to hone your teaching, improve student learning, and create a more positive classroom environment. When you view student evaluations as a source of insight into the quality of your teaching, you can start using that feedback to your advantage.

How Should I Manage My Online Course?
How can you keep everything organized when teaching online? This video will walk you through an online instructor checklist created by the program presenter.

I’m Teaching Online Next Term. What Do I Have to Know?
If you’re teaching your first online class next semester, and you’re completely confident you know exactly what to do … then you’re probably the first. If, on the other hand, you have more questions than answers, this program is tailor-made for you. We provide you with a 12-step framework for online teaching success.

Student Engagement

Beyond the Discussion Board: How Can I Engage Online Students?
This presentation explores how to overcome common challenges of discussion boards. You see how to frame questions and topics that invite discussion, as well as an improved way to generate posts that make discussion boards livelier.

How Can I Add Interactivity to My Online Content?
The presentation covers tactics for engaging students, such as requesting feedback at timely intervals, posing questions for discussion, and taking periodic pauses that allow the student to consider and retain the subject matter in each course unit.

How Do I Establish an Engaging Atmosphere in My Online Classroom?
Typical online classrooms can sometimes feel like websites and read like textbooks—instead of like welcoming spaces where students feel encouraged to participate. Educators can avail themselves of good design practices to make their online classrooms transparent and authentic for a rich learning experience.

What Are the Best Questioning Strategies for Enhancing Online Discussions?
This video was created to help you engage students in online discussions that increase class cohesion, explore subject matters thoughtfully, and enhance learning outcomes.

What 3 Things Should I Do Each Week to Engage Online Students?
Throughout the presentation, you’ll find practical, ready-to-implement ideas for day-to-day interactions that can make a real difference in the way your online students relate to you and engage with your course content—which ultimately has a powerful impact on student learning, retention, and satisfaction.

Student Success

How Can I Help Online Students Develop Autonomy and Take More Responsibility for Their Learning?
This program will present techniques and strategies—which don’t take much time—that online instructors can use to help students monitor and direct their own learning so they can succeed and complete their online classes.

How Can I Enhance the Impact of Feedback in Online Classes?
Too many students think of feedback in terms of grading, and they miss out on the educational benefits of following up on their assignments. In this video you’ll learn specific techniques to help you make online feedback a two-way street.

How Can I Increase Student Completion Rates in Online Learning?
In this program, learn how to adopt a systemic and practical approach to increase online completion rates in the context of declining overall enrollments, increasing student diversity, and rising educational costs.

How Can I Make Online Group Projects More Effective?
Students gain valuable benefits when they participate in group projects. Studies show that a collaborative assignment can improve a student's learning retention, critical thinking skills, persistence, and engagement.

How Can I Use Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) Online?
This video introduces five proven techniques for assessment of whether your students are “getting it.” Practical tips help you modify your favorite CATs to the online space using the features of your online learning management system.

How Can I Use Technology to Create Custom Automated Feedback?
It can also take an extraordinary amount of time. However, since many of the same issues crop up semester after semester with student after student, it’s possible to collect your comments, store them in feedback banks, and use online grading and feedback technology to distribute individualized yet automated feedback.

How Can You Help Online Students be More Successful in Your Course?
Online instructors can engage in a variety of strategies to provide opportunities for students to be successful in their online courses before they are caught by surprise with the course work and time dedication needed.

How Do I Design Innovative Assignments to Foster Learning in the Online Classroom?
In this presentation, your presenter shares strategies to help you create engaging assignments, integrate both formative and summative assignments, add value to your students’ online experiences, enhance learning outcomes, and maintain a manageable instructor workload

What Teaching Strategies Help Engage All Learners Online?
This program introduces teaching strategies designed to engage all students online, especially those who feel marginalized. Being sensitive to ensuring all students feel valued and respected can mean the difference between successful completion and dropping the course.

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