The Teaching Online @ Pitt (TOP) course introduces faculty to the skills and methods used to build and facilitate online classes. Because the course is taught entirely online, it gives faculty an idea of what it will be like for their own students to take an online course.
The three-week course consists of three modules that discuss how to design an online course, develop course content, and engage with students and assess their learning. While these concepts are similar to creating and teaching a classroom-based course, they differ slightly because of the functionality that the Internet adds to the course.
For example, in a classroom you can stand in front of your students to deliver an interactive lecture, but on the Internet you might employ a web-based simulation or short multimedia presentation that includes video accompanied by images of slides captured from your computer screen. Similarly, you might also add links to videos or websites from outside the university that address the topic of your lesson.
The TOP course objectives include:
- To analyze an online learning experience from the student’s perspective.
- To apply a systematic backwards course development process that includes planning outcomes, establishing activities, and assessing student achievement.
- To compare and contrast technology tools and Blackboard features that enhance students learning as well as engage and motivate students.
Pitt faculty who participate in the TOP course are taking a proactive step into the future of education. Online courses are here to stay, but the only way to ensure that they live up to their full potential is to take the time to learn how to best develop them. Our next session will run on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Please complete our TOP registration form if you’d like to participate.