Fundamentals of Online Learning and Teaching

Dates: Monday, July 27 – Friday, August 7 (please see below for time commitment)
Times: Asynchronous* modules + optional synchronous times to be determined (see below)
Location: Online (link will be emailed to registrants)
Instructors: Sarah Silverman and Devin Wixon

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Satisfies prerequisite toward the Delta Certificate: 1/2 course

Teaching online well is not just face-to-face teaching tweaked for a virtual platform; it requires an integration of content knowledge, instructional design, and technological expertise. Learn the fundamentals of making your online teaching effective and inclusive, while experiencing modeled activities you might use as an instructor.

This mini-course will focus on strategies and best-practices for asynchronous online courses, with additional applications to blended and hybrid teaching contexts. Not familiar with all of that jargon? We’ll walk you through it. Over the course of five modules completed over two weeks, participants will engage in individual and collaborative activities to explore:

    • Online instructor roles
    • Supporting online learners
    • Creating community in an online course
    • Designing and facilitating discussion activities online
    • Providing meaningful feedback online

Each module will take about 2-3 hours to complete (including opportunities to apply the tools and concepts we learn), with optional activities to go deeper. Participants should plan for ~ 10-12 hours/week of course-related activities, including readings, videos, completing assignments independently and collaboratively, and contributing to discussions. There will be optional collaborative synchronous sessions.

*Asynchronous means that you work on your own schedule, either independently or collaboratively (but possibly at different times). Asynchronous work includes watching videos, completing readings, contributing to online discussion boards and collaborative documents, and peer reviewing others’ work. It may also include synchronous 1:1 or small group meetings. This is in contrast to a synchronous online course, which means that you, other participants, and your instructor interact using a specific virtual platform at a specific time


Questions? Contact Sarah at sesilverman@wisc.edu.