Several evergreen questions for the contemporary professor will be explored this spring when the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) offers its third Online Teaching and Learning Institute, this time in a blended format, which will take place over a five-week period during the spring 2013 semester. The program includes five face-to-face meetings and online activities between each Friday session.
The Institute kicks off from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the Learning Studio (room 213 in Des Peres Hall) and is hosted online via Blackboard (SLU Global) and from 2-5 p.m. during four subsequent Fridays in the Learning Studio: Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22 and March 1. Registration is required.
Questions raised and contemplated during the Institute include but are not limited to:
- What are the most effective, evidence-based concepts and methodologies for teaching in online and blended environments?
- How does one transfer a face-to-face, traditional learning experience to an online or blended setting?
- How does one engage students in online learning while preserving and/or enhancing the quality, accessibility, and assessment methods of the course?
The Online Teaching and Learning Institute is free and open for registration to full-time faculty at Saint Louis University. Faculty who complete the Institute will receive a Certificate in Online Teaching from the Center and a copy of the book, Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction by Rita-Marie Conrad and J. Ana Donaldson. The Online Teaching and Learning Institute is particularly helpful for full-time faculty who will be teaching online in the summer or fall 2013 and/or spring 2014 as participants will leave the Institute with an online course designed and partially constructed.
The Online Teaching and Learning Institute session themes include:
- Best Practices in Online Teaching
- Curating Course Content
- Universal Design for Learning
- Collaborative and Active Learning
- Best Practices for Online Assessment Methods
- Quality Course Review
- Participant Reflections during and at the end of the Institute
The Online Teaching and Learning Institute does fill up early, so register at the earliest convenience. Seating is limited and registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Participants should plan to attend all five Friday sessions in addition to participating in short, weekly online activities in Blackboard; priority seating will be given to those who are able to attend all Institute sessions and have not participated in the Institute before.