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Training Programs and Resources
There are a variety of ways to prepare to teach in an online or hybrid environment. Some of the best resources for self-directed learning include:
- eLearning Services at Washington State University’s Global Campus has created an extensive online resource for Excellence in Online Teaching. In addition to information specific to WSU’s campus (How to use Angel, Blackboard, Collaborate, etc), they have assembled self-paced tutorials that describe Developing an Online Course, Teaching an Online Course, and offer a Showcase Exemplary Course modules. They also share their Certified Online Instructor process which has five online learning modules with assignments and activities: Effectiveness, Community, Engagement, Management, and Integrity.
- The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) at Indiana University Bloomington offers an extensive collection of Teaching Resources. Notable on the Course Design page is a useful explanation of BACKWARD COURSE DESIGN along with helpful explanations of how to develop learning outcomes, construct a syllabus and produce video for classes. The section on Academic Integrity outlines copyright and fair use, Turnitin, and Designing Assignments to encourage Integrity. The section on Diversity and Inclusion highlights Sexual Harrassment in Learning Contexts, Integrating International Students, Managing Difficult Classroom Discussions, Accommodating Religious Observances, Assisting Students with Disabilities, and Encouraging Civility. The site also offers resources for Assessing Student Learning, Instructional Technologies, Documenting Teaching and an excellent overview of Teaching Strategies.
Some organizations have developed formal programs/processes to become a Certified Online Instructor (COI):
Other options include:
Exemplary Online Courses, Course Modules, and Teaching with Technology