Enhancing Online Education

Are you teaching online (fully or partially) this spring?

Whether it’s your first time or you have prior experience, Enhancing Online Education will help you get off to a strong start – and it’s flexible to fit your needs. Open to all instructors, including teaching assistants. 

Learn strategies for:

  • Building a strong learning community 
  • Managing your online course effectively
  • Cultivating an inclusive environment 

How it works 

Each of the topics is available in three formats. Choose the topics and formats that work best for you.
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Offered via Canvas, these non-credit micro-courses are asynchronous and include both independent and collaborative activities. Registration required.

Time commitment: About 6 hours (one hour per day) during the week the course takes place.

Experience online learning as a student – review digital materials, interact with others, and receive feedback from the instructor.
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Live webinar

Join our webinars if you’re already an experienced online teacher, looking for a refresher, or are short on time. Registration required.

Time commitment: 1.5 hours.
A lighter version of the micro-course that covers key content areas and offers a chance to interact with colleagues across campus.

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Self-serve resources

Explore these resources if you are unable to participate in the other options or just want to gather some new ideas.

These resources include key content and offer some activities to help you prepare for teaching in the fall, but don’t give you the chance to interact with others.

No registration required - just click the links below.

Topics and Dates

Fostering Community 

Just as with in-person courses, creating community online with your students will expand their awareness, improve well-being, and increase overall learning. With some planning and a consistent approach, you can foster a strong, productive online community. In this course, you will think more deeply about what “community” means, create materials to help your learners connect with you, and identify strategies to enhance interactions throughout your course.

Registration closed - Micro-course: Tuesday, Jan. 3, through Tuesday, Jan. 10
Registration closed - Webinar: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Managing Your Online Course

Teaching online requires unique methods of time and course management. Explore a variety of ways to manage an online course, including: developing an effective orientation, communicating expectations, organizing group work, and planning time effectively for both you and your students. Develop a Course Rhythm Plan and Student Success Worksheet tailored to your course.

Registration closed - Micro-course: Tuesday, Jan. 10, through Tuesday, Jan. 17
Registration closed - Webinar: Thursday, Jan. 19, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Cultivating Inclusivity 

Explore strategies and develop a plan to foster an equitable and inclusive online learning environment.  In this course, you will reflect on how your and your students’ social identities can be relevant when creating a sense of belonging. You will also identify strategies to address challenging situations such as microaggressions. Inclusive teaching practices will help you create a learning space in which students will feel more welcomed, valued, and encouraged to succeed.   

Registration closed - Micro-course: Tuesday, Jan. 17, through Tuesday, Jan. 24
Registration closed - Webinar: Friday, Jan. 20, 9 – 10:30 a.m.