Online & Blended Learning
We offer support and training for departments on campus who are interested in offering courses online. The support and training is offered through a customized institute format, which allows faculty to progress through a series of pedagogical and technology topics that are essential for a successful online course. The institute can be designed around courses that are in a completely online format or a blended format (which is when students meet both online and in a face-to-face environment with their instructor). For information, contact Andrea Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org or 568.6568).
Questions to prepare for departmental training and support:
- Is your department interested in training and support for courses offered in a completely online format or a blended format?
- How many instructors are interested in participating? How much online teaching experience do they already have?
- Are there particular days and times when all of the faculty are available to attend a series of customized workshops?
Sample topics, activities and support that we can provide:
- Customized workshops topics facilitated by our experts and peer faculty facilitators include:
- Preparing to teach online (design, development and implementation)
- Best practices in teaching in an online environment including both synchronous and asynchronous
- Facilitating interaction, communication and collaboration in online courses
- Assessment and evaluation in an online environment
- Introduction to technologies that help instructors facilitate an online or blended course
- Enhancing online instruction with digital video and audio content
- Copyright and fair use in online teaching
- JMU Library resources for online teaching
- Assistance with course redesign; could include working with an instructional technologist and/or peer mentor
- Assistance with content creation: streaming video; lecture capture; images; online assessments; online discussions
- Project work time to work on course and/or learn to use instructional technologies with assistance from our staff
Questions for individual instructors to think about:
- When will the course be offered?
- Is this a new course or have you taught it in a face-to-face environment in the past?
- Will the course run in 13-week, 8 week, 6-week, 4-week format?
- What is your estimated enrollment for your online course?
- What instructional strategies do you plan to use?
- How will you incorporate assessment strategies into an online format?
- Do you have content for the course that is already available in an online environment?
- What do think will be your student demographics? Examples: (local or distant, availability for face-to-face orientation and/or other meetings, age group, FT or part-time students, technical skills)
- What are your biggest concerns about moving your course online?