Overview

P70408 - Teaching Online Open Course 2014

This module is an introduction to teaching online designed primarily for new university lecturers, part time lecturers and other sessional teachers, graduate teaching assistants, or those who support learners in departments such as the library or computer services.

It aims to provide participants with an introduction to the pedagogical practices, theory, and scholarship appropriate to online teaching.

This course takes a reflective, experiential approach to developing the skills of an online tutor. All of the learning will take place online, sometimes synchronously through a virtual classroom environment, mostly asynchronously via the Oxford Brookes University Open Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). As a guide, we expect participants to spend at least 6 hours per week for each of the 6 weeks of the module doing a variety of online activities, not including reading and preparing for the final assessment.

There is a very strong emphasis in this course on enabling frequent opportunities for self and peer assessment and regular feedback from tutors. Throughout the course you will be asked to find, consider and critique examples of e-learning techniques and applications. Sometimes this will mean giving feedback directly to each other on your ideas or plans. Our intention is that the giving and receiving of feedback in this way will be supportive, constructive and, ultimately, useful.

The course is organised as a series of weekly, online tasks. As well as reading and contributing to online discussions, participants will carry out a formative online group assignment that involves co-authoring a presentation online. This formative assignment will also involve a structured peer review and feedback process.

The course is assessed through a single 2000 word essay assignment focusing on analysis of an online student support issue.

The module will:

  • Support the development of your pedagogical and social skills needed to tutor online

  • Help you to exploit the potential of the Internet and particularly of virtual learning environments, in designing your teaching, learning and assessment

  • Help you reflect on and continue to monitor and develop your teaching practice.

  • Promote shared reflection as a means to evaluate and improve teaching practices

  • Develop your theoretical knowledge of online learning and teaching practices

Module leader

Dr Greg Benfield 

Email: gdbenfield@brookes.ac.uk

Tel: x5774

Room: WHE - ALG.02

Module tutors / teaching assistants

Marion Waite (Tutor), mwaite@brookes.ac.uk

Elizabeth Lovegrove (Tutor) elovegrove@brookes.ac.uk

Fiona Smith (Administrator) flsmith@brookes.ac.uk

Suranne Weller (external examiner) http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/learningteaching/kli/staff/weller.aspx

Topics

Week 1 (corresponding to week 7 of the academic calendar)

Preparing students to learn online: Inducting, socialising and supporting online learners

Week 2

Designing engaging online activities: principles and practice of activity design, learner engagement, sharing activity designs

Week 3

Online collaboration: designing collaborative online activities and supporting online groups

Week 4

Supporting student learning in the online environment: critical incidents, introducing the critical incident assignment

Week 5

Online assessment and feedback: assessment for learning in the online environment, assessing online group work, 

Week 6 (corresponding to week 12 of the academic calendar)

Good practice in online learning: reflecting on online learning experiences, inventories of good practice, theorising experience

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