Even the most experienced teachers often need help transitioning into the world of teaching online. With minimal student face-to-face interaction, teachers must adjust their tactics and strategies to help them identify struggling students and to ensure students are engaging and learning the material. This introductory course offers a brief survey of the major models, tools, and techniques in teaching online.
What You Will You Learn:
• Discuss the benefits of online learning for students and instructors
• Describe differences between online and face-to-face classroom teaching
• Explain the role of an online instructor
• Assess your own practices as an online instructor
• Discuss effective ways to lead online discussion
• Describe the Flipped Classroom and blended learning models
• Outline ways to introduce collaborative learning (discussion forums, videoconferencing, Question of the Day, group projects, etc.) into an online program
• Discuss key challenges in online learning and how to handle them
• Describe methods for evaluating and assessing online instruction
• Apply your understanding to case studies
This course is designed for P-16 Teachers, Educational Leaders, and Administrators who want to improve the quality and effectiveness of online learning, especially for adult learners, by promoting best practices and innovation in the field.
No Prerequisites required.
Dr. Janet Martinez
Dr. Janet Martinez is a UTRGV faculty member with more than 16 years of experience in higher education; having served 13 years as faculty at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, 1 year as a Business Technology Instructor at DeVry University, and 2 years as a Computer Science instructor at South Texas College. She also served as the District Educational Technology Coordinator for IDEA Public Schools District and as a Systems Analyst II for UTPA. Dr. Martinez earned a Ph.D. in Educational Technology, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Her expertise focuses on online learning design and delivery for all levels as well as educational and service-learning research across the fields of education and health. Dr. Martinez has been designing and implementing online curriculum since 2005. She currently holds the “Blackboard Online Teaching”, “Independently Applying the Quality Matters Rubric”, and “Quality Matters Peer Reviewer” certifications.
Online Course Information
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
October 13: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Lecture: 4 hrs
Online: 5 hrs
Lecture: Online via Zoom
Dr. Janet Martinez