Methods I: Introduction to Online Teaching

Course Number: EDU 5515 C38
Instructor:  Terri Vest
Location:  Online
Dates and Times: October 4 - December 20, 2017
Credits: 3 credits
Tuition: $1,387

Note: Please register directly with Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative (VTVLC)/Northeast Online Teaching Institute (NEOTI). VTVLC/NEOTI will then give you the link to Castleton's online registration form.

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce participants to foundational skills and information that will give them a broad overview of the methodology of online teaching. It provides an exploration of the history and standards that have helped develop the field, reviews the available research on best practices of effective online instruction, and explores current theories on online teaching. Participants will explore best practices in making connections with students, establishing clear expectations, and delivering timely feedback through various modes of communication. Participates will be exposed to best practices in helping diverse populations access online learning, including both those students with different learning styles as well as special needs. Participants will gain an initial understanding of how best to design, develop, and implement online assessments. Participants will learn about safe, legal and ethical use of technology for both themselves and their students. Finally, participants will develop skills to help them telecommute effectively while learning how to prioritize and managing their time. 
Audience: Participants are expected to be either experienced teachers or currently enrolled and in good standing in a teacher preparation program. Participants are expected to have regular access to online computers and be proficient with email and current Internet browsers. 

Course Goals

Methods I focuses on the theory and best practices of teaching online while preparing for the challenges of working remotely. Experienced teachers will learn how to adapt their classroom expertise to an online setting.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to: 
• Describe the current state of online education as well as the history, standards, and possible future directions for the field. 
• Anticipate and plan for the challenges of working in a virtual and asynchronous environment. 
• Incorporate best practices for online teaching into their practice. 
• Describe how to create a welcoming online class and use multiple modes of communication to make a personal connection with students. 
• Use appropriate, timely, and specific feedback in order to communicate expectations clearly and motivate students. 
• Describe how to adapt curriculum, instruction, and assessments to allow a diverse population, including those with special needs, to access online instruction. 
• Describe the variety of different online assessments available and describe when you might appropriately use each type. 
• Explain to their colleagues and students how to stay safe online and how to use technology legally and ethically.

Required Texts

Required texts are not included in the course tuition.
Required Readings/Texts: Rice, Kerry. Making The Move to K-12 Online Teaching : Research-Based Strategies and Practices. Boston :Pearson, 2012. Print.

For additional course information

Terri Vest
(802) 591-0363

For additional registration information

Jennifer Fribush
(802) 885-8331

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