There is a growing need for online learning. Blended learning and online courses are becoming a norm for both campus and professional education.
Whether you are new to teaching online, have been teaching online for a while, or currently remote teaching, this course will help you improve your course moderation techniques and your ability to engage students online, and as a result, provide a better learning experience for your learners.
The role and tasks of the teacher are different online from teaching in physical classes. It requires additional qualities and digital skills to stimulate a conducive learning experience for students. Being an online student in this course will improve your online teaching skills, with a deeper understanding of the online learning experience.
This course can benefit educators at all levels, professionals in the area of education/development/trainers that will instruct online or remote courses/workshops/trainings and life-long learners in the educational field that would like to have quality training in online teaching methods.
The course offers a weekly webinar (optional) where participants share experiences, discuss the assignments, gain feedback from peers and the instructors on their current or proposed course materials.
The online teaching includes the following tasks:
- Encourage participation and desirable behavior, engage course participants.
- Monitor progress, give feedback (and grading), sort out problems, etc.
- Build a safe learning atmosphere, discourage undesirable behavior, uphold the rules.
- Modify the course as required according to the needs of the participants and platform to improve the current delivery and for future course runs.
Online students come with expectations of virtual social engagement from the teacher and their peers. This course will include tips for engaging students and motivating them to complete assignments and interact with peers.
The course presents case studies that you will work on as examples of moderator best practices. You will create an online artifact to encourage student engagement and receive feedback on the artifact.
An additional component to teaching online is modifying the course structure and its elements for future course runs. Moderators have to identify modifications as they are required and create a plan to implement them in order to improve the current course or its future runs.
After taking the course, you will be able to:
- Create a Welcome Video for your course.
- Describe moderation techniques and best practices.
- Produce an engaging artifact for an online course.
- Provide feedback in an online environment.
- Provide a list of online student expectations.
- Create a communication plan as a strategy for student engagement with both peers and content.
In this section you'll learn the course structure, become familiar with the virtual learning environment, complete your profile, meet your fellow students and the e-moderator. An optional activity is creating Welcome Video.
Module 1. The role of the moderator
In the first week, we'll focus on the role of the moderator. The main learning activity will be discussing the role within the forum throughout the week with meaningful contributions. Create a welcome video for your own course and share it.
Module 2. Engaging your online students
In the second week, you'll identify strategies to engage your future online students. The learning activity involves working individually on a strategy of your choice and then sharing it in the forum, for others to provide feedback. During the webinar, we discuss case studies as potential challenges you may encounter as a moderator. Challenges can include factors such as online group work, student engagement, synchronous work, and time management. You will come up with solutions for a case study and present the results in the forum, open for comments and feedback.
Module 3. Creating an Artefact
The third week is about creating an engaging assignment as an artefact for your online course complete with a rubric so that you can grade the assignment online. You will gain feedback from peers and the course instructors on your assignment.
Module 4. Reflection and Course Modifications
As you teach your course, you may find things that you absolutely must change immediately and other things that you can change in the next course run. Implementing those changes and communicating them impacts how learners experience the course. As an optional assignment for those currently teaching, you will draft a list of course modifications and describe how and when to implement them.
Upon completion of all learning activities, we ask you to reflect on what you've learned in the course and how you'll apply it in the future, relating it to the Five Stages model of e-moderation.
Webinars will be: Tuesdays from 12:30-13:30 (CET).
None. It is helpful for participants to be in an instructor role in an upcoming online course where they can practice what they learn from this training.
In order to complete your enrollment you will be asked to upload the following document:
- a copy of your passport or ID card
TU Delft instructors can enroll in this course for free
If you are currently an instructor at TU Delft you can enroll in this course for free.
TU Delft instructors: please follow these steps to enroll for free:
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