Teaching Online Program 2016
The Teaching Online Program (TOP) is a four-week, immersive program for instructors who want to get started or enhance their online teaching. TOP is taught entirely online using a variety of technologies and strategies to facilitate participant learning through interactions, content delivery, and assignments. TOP is designed to give participants knowledge and practical skills in both developing and teaching an online course in higher education. TOP participants work individually and in small groups, spending the majority of the time working asynchronously with some scheduled live synchronous events. Participants work through the program as a cohort, interacting with other participants and the facilitators.
Participation in the Discussion Board
Participants join in one or more of the online discussion forums/topics each week of the program. They are required to do one original post commenting on the topic, and one or more response, each week. Both the original posts and the responses must be substantive. Posts may draw upon the readings in the program, add a comment from personal experience, advance the ideas in the discussion, analyze it in a different way, cite research, motivate the group, or add a new perspective to the discussions.
Activity Planning Sheet
Using the activity planning sheet template found in the TOP course site, participants outline one activity that could be used in an online course. The entire chart must be completed with sufficient detail, including a description of the activity, delineating the steps involved, the type of activity (reading, reflecting, displaying, or doing), the types of interaction, the tools used if applicable, and how the instructor would facilitate each of the steps.
Using the assessment blueprint template found in the TOP course site, participants plan the student assessment items for an online course. The entire chart must be completed with sufficient detail, including a list of course outcomes and assessment items, along with whether each item is formative, summative, or both, the weighting of the item, what technology or application is used, and implementation, facilitation, and feedback strategies.
Provide feedback to group member’s assignments
After the activity planning sheet and assessment blueprint are posted in discussions, read at least one group member’s assignment and provide thoughts, comments, questions and suggestions in discussions. In the meantime, incorporate the feedback to modify assignments.
For the final task in the program, participants select one aspect of teaching online to explore in more detail, and complete a project of their choice. Possibilities include creating a narrated online presentation, facilitating a synchronous online session, designing an assignment for an online course (including assignment guidelines and grading criteria), writing discussion board questions, or designing the navigation structure for an online course. The activity must be completed with sufficient detail and structure that it is appropriate for a credit course.