eLearning Academy

Session 1: Instructional Modes, the Consideration, and Course Authoring First Steps
In this session, we will review the four types of instructional modes and the related design considerations. Next, we will analyze how best to design and develop a hybrid/online course so that it fits the needs of the subject matter requirements, students' abilities/needs, and your needs as well! Participants will also share and discuss the best practices to create learning outcomes and learning objectives that are aligned with one another and the course description.

Session 2: Planning Backwards and Evidence of Learning for Hybrid/Online Courses
This session will explain the planning backwards process including how to plan your hybrid/online course into modules. Then for each module it will be explained how to best design and align the learning objectives, assessment items, and learning sequence needed for students to obtain mastery. As a group, we will then brainstorm and examine how to appropriately evaluate students in hybrid/online courses, how to prevent cheating in an online environment, and how to give proper feedback in hybrid/online courses as well as creating rubrics. To conclude, participants will complete and discuss the comparative advantage by activity worksheet which will be used to tailor the next workshop session.
Session 3: Hybrid / Online Learning Course Structure / Strategy
Now that you have your initial two course modules planned, how do you go about determining which aspects should go online and which should be face-to-face, or hybrid? How do you ensure that both the online and face-to-face components are integrated with one another and how will students see that they are connected? How would you design activities to engage students in different types of instructional modes? During this session, we will address these questions and more by integrating course components, showing examples of instructional strategies for hybrid and online courses, and having group work to create an initial instructional strategy / strategies for the first large section of your course.
Session 4: Teaching and Learning Activities for an Online Environment and Accessibility Overview
Now that you have selected what teaching and learning activities will be online, how do you create the material? During this session, we will explain different ways to design and develop online materials for some of the top items used in teaching and learning including lectures, discussions, and case studies with appropriate activities. This session will be followed by one-on-one sessions where we will help you select the technologies to use to develop your teaching and learning activities, design the individual activities, and learn the technology tools yourselves. This session will also cover Penn State course accessibility course guidelines.

Session 5: Hybrid/Online Course Quality Assurance, Teaching Effectiveness Evaluation, Syllabus, and Initial Concerns
This session will cover some important remaining tasks in the creation of an online / hybrid course including grading systems, syllabus, and teaching evaluation. This session will explore strategies for grading systems for hybrid and online courses. Participants will discuss the needs for course and teaching evaluations in online and hybrid courses, including mid-semester and continuous evaluation techniques. The session will then explore a template and checklist of the syllabus components with a focus on the sections important for online and hybrid courses as well as guidance to making an accessible syllabus. We will then explore Quality Matters (QM). Last, we will talk about some initial concerns about the course and how to prevent them including having a student orientation, FAQs, Online Class Cafe.

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Contact Hongyan (Red) Yuan, Instructional Designer ([email protected]) at 610.396.6343