Self-paced Best Practices for Teaching Online –  Summer 2020


Starting June 8, 2020, the Center for Teaching & Learning will be offering a six-week self-paced workshop focused on best practices for teaching online. This workshop will orient participants to online teaching pedagogies through asynchronous discussions and hands-on activities. Participants will review pedagogical practices and technology resources, join asynchronous discussions, and work with digital tools in either the Blackboard or G-Suite environment.

Please complete this registration form: https://forms.gle/QwHyqBYLVuifbprU6 by July 17, 2020

Workshop Overview

Session 1 – Creating a welcoming online learning environment

Participants will

  • Read articles and watch videos about the importance of a creative, welcoming, and flexible online environment; theories of online education; teaching in the time of COVID-19; 
  • Create a welcome video for their course;
  • Set up Blackboard/Google Classroom.

Session 2 – Structuring an online course and an effective syllabus 

Participants will

Session 3 – Developing online content

Participants will

  • Participate in a flipped classroom to learn more about it by using new technology tools called TedEd and Edpuzzle;
  • Learn how to record lectures using screen recording software;
  • Read articles on online pedagogy and strategies for teaching online;
  • Watch videos/listen to podcasts about teaching online;
  • Participate in discussions about the online synchronous meeting tools;
  • Create online content in Blackboard/Google Classroom.

Session 4 – Engaging students in an online environment 

Participants will 

  • Listen to a podcast on innovative ways to involve students and integrate technology into your courses;
  • Watch two short videos on engaging students in readings and micro-lectures and on planning and facilitating effective discussion, with recommendations followed by each video;
  • Learn how to use Flipgrid, an online video discussion tool;
  • Set up discussion forums on Blackboard and in Google Classroom;
  • Set up a video discussion forum in Flipgrid.

Session 5 – Online assessment 

Participants will 

  • Read articles about online assessments;
  • Explore a variety of online assessment tools;
  • Create assignments and quizzes on Blackboard/Google Classroom;
  • Deliver online presentations about their online course design.

Learning Outcomes

As participants in this workshop, faculty will be able to:

  1. offer a student-centered learning experience in an online learning environment;
  2. support students in achieving essential learning objectives creatively and flexibly;
  3. re-imagine face-to-face pedagogies and projects in an online environment;
  4. demonstrate competency in choosing and using digital tools for teaching remotely;
  5. design effective online learning activities that engage students in the learning process, and support the achievement of intended student learning outcomes;

Additional Information

  • This workshop will be offered on both Blackboard and Google Classroom. Participants may indicate their preference in the registration form below.
  • Participants can expect to spend about 25-30 hours working on asynchronous activities, but actual time may vary based on prior experience.
  • Upon successful completion* of this intensive workshop,  participants will receive a Certificate of Completion and compensation of $500 for their participation.

*Successful completion of the workshop includes completing assigned workshop activities and participating in discussion forums, hands-on activities, and a syllabus draft.

  • Workshop participants will have access to sustained pedagogical advice and technical support from the Center for Teaching & Learning

Please complete this registration form: https://forms.gle/QwHyqBYLVuifbprU6

Participants will receive confirmation of their registration and instructions for joining Blackboard or Google Classroom via email.

Questions can be directed to Rowena Li (rowena.li@qc.cuny.edu), Jean Kelly (jean.kelly@qc.cuny.edu), or Michelle Fraboni ( michelle.fraboni@qc.cuny.edu). For more information on teaching online, visit https://keepteaching.qc.cuny.edu/

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