There is a growing need for online learning. Blended learning, hybrid, and online courses are becoming a norm for campus, professional education, and trainings.
Whether you are new to teaching online, have been teaching online for a while, or are currently remote teaching, this course will help you improve your course moderation techniques and your ability to engage learners/trainees online, and as a result, provide a better learning experience for your learners..
The role and tasks of the instructor are different online from physical classes. It requires additional qualities and digital skills to stimulate a conducive learning experience for students/participants. 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 or trainers at all levels, professionals in the area of education or development, that will instruct online, blended, or hybrid courses/workshops/trainings and life-long learners in the educational field that would like to have quality training in online teaching methods.
This 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.
Online learners come with expectations of virtual social engagement from the instructor and their peers. This course will include tips for engaging participants and motivating them to complete tasks/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 assignment to encourage student engagement and receive feedback on the assignment draft.
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
- Organize a webinar/live session
- Develop an overall course plan or a lesson plan
- Produce an engaging assignment for an online course
- Create a communication plan as a strategy for learner 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. Create a welcome video for your own course and share it.
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. You will organize and plan a webinar.
Module 2. Constructive Alignment
Constructive alignment of your lesson, assignment, and grading is critical for the best learner experience. You will create an overall course plan or Lesson Plan for 1 module where you review course activities to determine if they should be synchronous or asynchronous.
Module 3. Assignment or Activity Planning
The third week is about creating an engaging assignment for your online course. Paired with your assignment, you will develop a rubric specific to your Learning Management System so that you can grade the assignment online with ease.
Module 4. Engaging your online students
In the fourth week, you'll create a communication plan where you identify strategies to engage your future online participants. 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 webinar.
- 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.
Module 5. Live Course Modifications
As you deliver 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. The skill you work on this week is to modify the course as required according to the needs of the participants and platform to improve the current delivery and for future course runs
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.
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 this page to get your discount code
- Click the 'ENROLL NOW' button and enter your discount code
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