Essentials for teaching and learning online

Course Overview

The role of teaching in a blended or online context involves a mix of planning, delivering and assessing, both in relation to what you teach, the way you teach it, and how you interact with your learners.

This short online course is specifically aimed at those who do not have a background in teaching, and aims to explain best practice, underpinned by research and pedagogical theory.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at those who are new to teaching online in HEI environments, particularly from an industry or professional background, and those working in professional education settings. It aims to highlight those aspects considered essential to get you started on your teaching journey. The course offers theoretical background to best practice in teaching and learning, along with practical strategies and resources to help teachers in the online environment.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Define key terms associated with online learning, including specific teaching strategies.
  • List some reasons why it is important to know your learners, and how they learn.
  • Describe different teaching approaches for online and blended environments, and how they could be implemented in your own context.
  • List best practices for assessment and feedback in your context.
  • Recognise where to locate institutional and professional development information, including academic standards and processes, to support your role in your HEI.

Syllabus Outline

The course is organised into four units:

  1. What is online learning?
  2. The learning environment
  3. Assessment and feedback
  4. Academic Administration

Course Delivery

This fully online course will take approximately 7 hours to complete. The structure of the course includes:

  • approximately 4 hours of self-directed lessons as outlined in the syllabus above;
  • approximately 3 hours of tasks accompanying the lessons, to be completed in a downloadable workbook.

This workbook provides a space to reflect on practical applications of the content, and note any useful ideas and resources to which you may return throughout your teaching career. In addition to the workbook, at the end of the course you will have a checklist of practical academic issues relating to your module delivery, to discuss with your course director or module leader.

Timing

You can work through all of the content and tasks at your own pace, constrained only by the timing of the start of your teaching load or your meeting with their departmental team. It is recommended that the participants agree a completion date with their course director or module leader as the course learning objectives will form part of their module delivery planning meeting. Overall the course is best completed within 2-3 weeks.

Course Structure

Entry Requirements

Participants are expected to have a primary degree and to be working in the delivery of online education and training.

Award

On completion of the course, participants will receive a University Certificate of Attendance. This course is not credit bearing.

How to register

This course will run from 27th June, 2021. Places are limited, please express your interest by filling out the form below


Developed by the REAP Project, a collaboration between:

  • University of Limerick
  • Mary Immaculate College
  • Limerick Institute of Technology

and funded under the HEA Innovation and Transformation 2018 call.

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