iTeach workshops are FREE and open to everyone in the UH system.
What is the best and most effective way for YOU to teach online?
According to the Online Report Card – Tracking Online Education in the United States, in 2014, there were 5.8 million students in the United States who took at least one college distance course. The study reveals only 29.1% of academic leaders say their faculty accept the “value and legitimacy of online education.” Growth continues, despite lack of support from faculty.
As a dedicated teaching professional, you see an opportunity in closing the “value and legitimacy” gap to meet the needs of your online students. The essential question to you is; what is the best and most effective way for you to teach online? You are challenged to create a Teaching Online Action Plan to systematically improve your online teaching!
How It Works
This challenge is designed to help you develop your Teaching Online Action Plan to apply in your own teaching. There is no requirement of prior knowledge or experience teaching online to participate in the challenge. You are the expert who knows your content and teaching strengths. This challenge is designed to provide a flexible, reflective and personal learning experience – enabling you to tailor your learning based upon your own goals, requirements and level of commitment.
The challenge runs for 8 weeks. You can complete the challenge as quickly as you want. However, we encourage you to work together with other participants, and complete one Guiding Question Worksheet per week. When you complete all tasks on your worksheet, and update your Teaching Online Action Plan , you receive a badge. When you complete all 8 tasks, you will have developed your Teaching Online Action Plan . Plus you will receive a Letter of Completion to promote yourself.
Online Spring Semester
Forum discussions are the main focus of most online courses, regardless of the subject matter or discipline. A discussion forum is primarily a text-based mode of communication where someone will post a start to a threaded message and people will respond to that thread. Often, many threads can be going at the same time, with longer-lasting discussions.
If you are UH faculty teaching online with Laulima, the asynchronous discussions should be the foundation of your online course. They are excellent for creating and sustaining a high level of interaction between students and their peers, and between students and instructor. Asynchronous discussions:
- Promote student engagement with the course material, the instructor, and classmates,
- provide a way for ideas to be heard, shared, and developed,
- provide instructors with the opportunity to express their passion for their subject matter and inspire it in their online students, and
- encourage active learning.
Asynchronous discussions allow students to illustrate their insights, questions, and application of and engagement with the topics, concepts, and material being created, presented and discussed. Requiring students to actively participate in and complete individual form/discussion posts, as well as respond to several of their peers’ posts, nurtures student-to-student learning and promotes transparency and open learning. Thinking critically through the exchange of perspectives is invaluable in ANY online course.
Asynchronous discussions are also used to create regular interaction between students and with the instructor. The instructor encourages participants to dig deeper into the topic as well as build community with their peers.
Therefore it is critical for successful discussions to be well-organized. Discussions should mirror the organization of the syllabus. Typically, a course has some sequencing of units or by week. Discussion forums flow from this organization. We highly suggest sequencing your discussions by weeks of the course. This format is the easiest for students to understand.
Finally, forum discussions are where the social presence of both faculty and students is most evident and it is the heart and soul of the traditional online course.
Pacific Region Learning Summit
Congratulations for choosing to create an online course. First, you already have a wealth of experience. In the classroom courses you teach you should have clear student learning outcomes. You consistently create and assemble content that supports those outcomes. You also create activities, interactions and assessments that help your learners meet the outcomes. When you teach online you do the same, however you need to create your entire online learning environment before the course begins.
Create an Online Course is really a working lab. You work on creating an online course. There are no discussions. Collaboration occurs over the work you create in UH Google Documents and UH Google Sites.
Next, creating an online course is a lot of work. This workshop will get you started. On average it takes about 16 weeks to create an online course. Give yourself at least a week to create one week of an online course.
Also, online learning requires you take on new roles in the teaching-learning relationship. To be successful you must be willing to release control of learning to your students.
Creating an online course is a ton of work. For example if you spent a week creating one week of your online course, it would take you 16 weeks to create the course. This workshop will help you get off to a good start and provide a path for you to follow.
This workshop is a working lab. You work on creating an online course. There are no discussions. Collaboration occurs on the work created in UH Google Documents and UH Google Sites.
There is one web page for each week of the workshop, except during the first week. The first week includes two web pages. This introduction page is the extra page. The weekly web page includes the topic content, a link to a Google template you will be working on, and a list of participants who earn badges.
Each week you go to TWO places. First, you go the weekly web page to read about the content and the activity you need to complete. Next, you login to UH Google apps and work on a Google document or site to plan and create your online course.