Teaching Academy for Online Learning

Application for Spring 2018 will open November 1st. Online training will begin mid-February and run for 6 weeks, at which time we will transition to content development in Canvas and the Quality Matters (QM) review for 2-4 weeks.

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Designing, developing, and teaching an online class can be challenging, and it requires a unique set of skills, even for the most talented and motivated instructors. How is online learning different from (and similar to) a face-to-face environment? How can you ensure that your assessments measure your learning objectives? How do you keep students engaged? What is the best way to build an online community of learners? How do you create meaningful online discussions? These questions and more are answered in the Teaching Academy for Online Learning, more commonly referred to as TAO.

TAO is an extension of the "Online Program Development Fund" offered by Extended Campus and the Provost’s Office. During TAO you will design an online course according to Quality Matters (QM) standards. Upon completion of the academy, you can submit your course for a QM review, and if you course passes the review, you will receive a stipend based on the course you chose to develop.

You can get the most out of TAO if …

  • You are an experienced teacher who is new to online learning,
  • You have taught online and are interested in improving the quality of your online course(s), and/or
  • You have a new online course you want to develop.

What happens during the Academy?

You begin your work in TAO as a student. If you teach online, your experience of online learning from a student perspective is invaluable. Being a student in an online class provides insight and confirmation of commonly accepted best practices in online teaching and learning. During TAO you will build a detailed plan for your course that includes measurable learning objectives and content that is aligned to those objectives, including learning activities and assessments. Along the way you will have the opportunity to explore a wealth of online teaching practices and strategies. Best of all, you will get hands-on experience and practice as you build a course that meets Quality Matters standards. If you have questions about TAO, please email us at instructional.design@unco.edu.

To apply ...

Important Note: Filling out the wrong application will delay the process. To expedite your application, read and answer each question carefully.

Please let us know if you have any questions. The Instructional Design and Development Team (IDD) is here for you, and we look forward to working with you!