These self-paced, fully online modules can help you develop rich, comprehensive learning experiences, delivered face-to-face, fully online, or in a hybrid format.
The DIY Online program uses the Framework for Inclusive Teaching Excellence to help you match content to your professional development goals. Experienced faculty members from across campus will help guide you though your experience.
Modules are accessed through the Online Teaching Mentors ReggieNet site. Faculty who complete certain modules, along with their associated synchronous workshops, will receive a certificate of completion and a modest stipend.
The topics listed on this page can be accessed on the Online Teaching Mentors ReggieNet site.
The framework of course design is the same regardless of the modes of teaching. You design your course with the end in mind when planning for face-to-face, blended/hybrid, or online courses. However, your intentional design is extremely important in your online course, because badly designed online courses can be detrimental to student learning.
Organizing your online courses will make it easier for your students to navigate your course and find what they need to focus on. Disorganized courses add unnecessary cognitive loads to your students and reduce mental capacity to tackle your course work. Fortunately, it is easy to organize your course using ReggieNet's Lessons tool.
In online courses, it is especially important to give your students an introduction to your course so that they are given all the critical information to succeed in your class. Also, a nice warm welcome helps your students to feel belonging in your online class, which helps them thrive in your class.
If your online course content is not accessible, you're inadvertently excluding some students from experiencing your course in the same way as other students. Making course content accessible is not as difficult as some instructors think if you plan to implement as you create your instructional materials.
Faculty who are new to online teaching often wonder what strategies are available to assess students beyond multiple-choice exams or a research paper. Also, many instructors wonder about academic integrity in online courses. Think outside the box and explore best practices on online assessments.
In your face to face class, many of you have short lectures followed by class discussions and activities. In your online class, you can create similar experiences using micro-lecture formats. Learn what micro-lectures are and how you can create one to engage your students in your online courses.
It is much easier to see whether your students are engaged or checked out in your face-to-face class, but in your online course, you may not see how well they are engaged in your course materials or how motivated they are in your class. Because student engagement directly influences the academic success of students, it is important to learn strategies to increase student engagement in your online course.
There are a lot of ways that online teaching could enhance or hinder classroom equity. Equitable teaching means that the outcomes of our teaching are “fair and just” regardless of the differences that the students bring to the classroom. Even though we may have a good intention of treating students equally, good intentions are often not sufficient. Learn concrete strategies to make your online teaching more equitable.
In a face to face class, students can ask you questions before and after class to make sure that they are on track. In online courses, students may feel like they are not on track or feel like they are missing something. Establishing clear expectations of your online presence will help students feel supported and engage fully in your online course.
You may feel very comfortable with a class discussion in your face-to-face course, but how do you feel about discussion activities in your online course? Some instructors feel that an online discussion is not very dynamic, but it depends on how you design your online class discussion. Online instructors often find their students have more thoughtful comments.
Teaching a large course is challenging even when face-to-face; however, the challenges are amplified if you teach online without intentional designs. Learn how to design a large online course that is engaging and effective to save you time and prevent headaches during the semester.