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 or have been teaching online for a while, 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 students. Being an online student in this course will help you become a better online teacher, with a deeper understanding of the online learning experience.
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.
The online teacher role 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 online teaching is modifying the course structure and its elements. Online teachers 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:
- 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 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.
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.
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.
Module 3. Case studies on moderators' practices
The third week is about 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 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. 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.
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 (no driver's license)
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:
- Go to the TU Delft employee portal
- Go to this page
- Enroll via the online form
If you have any questions about this course or the TU Delft online learning environment, please visit our Help & Support page.