In this online short course, you will develop methods and strategies for creating engaging and inclusive online learning experiences through the use of the Design for Learning Equity Framework, Universal Design for Learning principles, and a focus on human connectedness. Through examples, activities, and personalized feedback and guidance, you will explore evidence-based strategies for online course design, student engagement, and assessment practices through the lens of accessibility and inclusion.
- Offered fully online through Canvas
- Two and 1/2 weeks in length
- Facilitated with personalized feedback at every step
- Asynchronous format
- Approximately 20 hours to complete
- Small cohort size
In just under three weeks, you will:
- Gain awareness and empathy for the many unique situations and educational needs of students in your courses.
- Use the Design for Learning Equity Framework, Universal Design for Learning, and a focus on human connectedness to explore teaching methods and strategies designed to address inequities.
- Develop tangible strategies and practices in the areas of online content delivery, student engagement, and assessment of learning.
- Formulate an online teaching philosophy that addresses equity-based needs and teaching practices.
- Identify numerous methods, ideas, and strategies for equity-based online teaching that can be implemented in the future.
In this 2 and 1/2 week online course you will not only explore a framework for equity-based teaching practices, but also create and apply the principles to your own course. This is a facilitated course, with multiple opportunities for interaction and individual feedback from an experienced facilitator and from fellow colleagues.
The course is offered in a fully-online asynchronous format through the Canvas software. There are no real-time meetings required, however, it is not self-paced. Active participation and specific due dates keep the group working together and sharing constructive feedback and ideas at each step of the process and ensure successful completion.
This course is relevant to faculty in all stages of their careers. Faculty new to online teaching will find a wealth of practical ideas and strategies that can be immediately implemented, faculty with more experience teaching online and blended courses will also be able to adapt and expand their practices to help students with diverse needs succeed in their courses. This course is relevant if you are planning an online course and also if you are currently teaching online want to implement strategies immediately.
Kevin Kelly, EdD, teaches online courses as a Lecturer in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University, where he previously served for 13 years as the Online Teaching and Learning Manager. He works with colleges and universities as a consultant to address distance education, educational technology, and organizational challenges. Kevin co-authored with Todd Zakrajsek the 2021 Stylus book, Advancing Online Teaching: Creating Equity-Based Digital Learning Environments.
Todd D. Zakrajsek, PhD, is associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC – Chapel Hill and President of the International Teaching Learning Cooperative. Todd was a tenured associate professor of psychology and built faculty development efforts at three universities before joining UNC. Todd has served on many educationally related boards and work groups, has consulted many organizations and delivered keynote addresses and campus workshops at over 300 conferences and university campuses. Todd’s recently co-authored books include Advancing Online Teaching (2021); The New Science of Learning (2nd Ed) (2019); Dynamic Lecturing (2017); and Teaching for Learning (2015).
This course is in development and scheduled to be offered late summer/early fall 2021.
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