Online Course Basics

Online Course Basics

Have you been thinking about designing and teaching an online course but don't know how to get started? Are you already teaching an online course and want to know how to improve it? Or, would you just like to find out more about designing and teaching online courses? The CITL Online Course Basics series can help. Coordinated by CITL consultant Susan Hathaway, the series includes five 3-hour workshops open to all IU faculty. (A separate series for TAs and AIs is under development.)

Participants may take workshops in any order, but Workshop 1 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for the other workshops. Participants who complete all five workshops will receive a certificate of completion.

Check our Upcoming Events to see if we are currently offering these workshops.

Workshop 1: Introduction to Online Course Design

This workshop will orient participants to online courses generally and to online course design and development at IU in particular. Participants will view examples of online courses, become familiar with standard methods for evaluating the quality of online courses, and practice first steps in online course design.

Key topics:

  • Types of online courses
  • Key components of an online course and how they fit together
  • Advantages and disadvantages of online courses
  • Characteristics of good online courses
  • How to ensure online course quality
  • Best practices for setting up an online course site
  • Methods for designing and developing an online course
  • Using third-party vs. IU-supported tools
  • Online course approval at IUB
  • Resources available at IUB to help instructors design, develop, and teach online courses

Workshop 2: Assessing Learning in Online Courses

This workshop will introduce a variety of methods for assessing learning in online courses. Participants will view online assessments and assessment tools, practice creating rubrics and aligning assessments with desired outcomes, and try out grading tools and alternative grading schemes.

Key topics:

  • Types of online assessments
  • Effective assessment strategies for online courses
  • Ways to reduce online cheating
  • Best practices for designing assessments
  • Tools for creating and delivering online assessments
  • Creating and using rubrics
  • Using peer review in online courses
  • How to ease the grading burden in online courses

Workshop 3: Designing Online Learning Activities

In this workshop, participants will view examples of online activities, practice adapting face-to-face activities to the online enviroment, and become familiar with tools for online activities and collaboration. The workshop will focus on how to select and design course activities that engage online students, motivate them, and help them learn.

Key topics:

  • Purpose and types of online activities
  • Best practices for selecting and designing online activities
  • How to adapt face-to-face activities to the online environment
  • Online collaboration and group work
  • Tools for creating and delivering online learning activities
  • Using readings and eTexts more effectively

Workshop 4: Designing Online Course Materials

In this workshop, participants will view a variety of course materials and examine options for creating and delivering them. The workshop will also address issues related to copyright law and accessibility in online courses.

Key topics:

  • Best practices for selecting and creating online course materials
  • Tools for creating and delivering online media and other materials
  • Intellectual property issues in online courses
  • Accessibility requirements
  • How to make online course materials accessible

Workshop 5: Teaching an Online Course

This workshop will focus on helping participants become an effective and satisfied online instructors. Participants will explore options for communicating with students, become familiar with common online teaching challenges and how to meet them, and examine ways to evaluate and improve their online teaching.

Key topics:

  • Differences between teaching face to face and teaching online
  • Roles and responsibilities in an online course
  • Online teaching challenges
  • Creating and maintaining an effective online teaching presence
  • Helping students succeed in an online course
  • Netiquette
  • Managing time when teaching online
  • Evaluating and improving teaching

For more information about the Online Course Basics series, please contact Susan Hathaway.