Learning Roadmap for New Online Instructors

1. Introduction to Teaching Online

We recommend for you to view this content upon your selection to teach online/prior to your ID initial consultation.

Topic What You’ll Learn

Comparing Face to Face and Online Teaching

Similarities and differences between teaching in the face-to-face classroom and teaching online. Includes interviews with experienced EP online instructors.

This section will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Online Course Structure and Schedule

What a typical module of online instruction looks like from the instructor’s and student’s perspectives, as well as how the instructor and student engage with online learning and content.

This section will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Instructional Design

What instructional design is and how your instructional designer will guide you in the design and development of your course. You’ll also learn about the Quality Matters Rubric and how EP instructional designers use it to evaluate various elements of your online course.

This section will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Blackboard Course Site

An overview of Blackboard, the learning management system you’ll use to teach your online class.

This section will take approximately 4 minutes to complete.

2. Planning and Designing Your Course

We recommend for you to view this content prior to completing the Course Design Document.

Topic What You’ll Learn

Course Design

How to write learning objectives and create a detailed design outline of your course.

This section will take approximately 4 minutes to complete.

Assessing Student Learning Online

What assessment is, various types of assessments suited to the online environment, and how to develop an assessment strategy for your course.

This section will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Online Learning Activities

How to identify and design meaningful, appropriate learning activities that align with your learning objectives, as well as how to maximize the effectiveness of the course Discussion Board.

This section will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

3. Developing Online Content

We recommend for you to view this content prior to beginning prototype module development.

Topic What You’ll Learn

Content Types and Best Practices

Best practices for developing and presenting content in online courses, including effective use of PowerPoint. Examples are provided demonstrating a variety of online content used in EP courses and methods used to create that content.

This section will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

4. Setting up Your Course

We recommend for you to view this content prior to course delivery.

Topic What You’ll Learn

Completing your Final Course Setup

How to set up various components of your course in Blackboard, including the gradebook, assignment due dates and point values, and Office Hours via Zoom.

This section will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

5. Facilitating Your Course

We recommend for you to view this content prior to course delivery.

Topic What You’ll Learn

Interactions in an Online Course

Effective pedagogical methods that can be used throughout your course to establish your online presence and enhance learner experience.

This section will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Online Course Facilitation and Time Management

Strategies and best practices for facilitating your course and managing your time effectively to complete the regular tasks involved in delivering your course online.

This section will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Providing Feedback and Grading

Key concepts and methods for providing timely and effective feedback to your students.

This section will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.