Simmons GSLIS-CE Online Course Preview
How do I Access the Course?
This course will be offered within an online learning management system, Vista. Prior to the course's start date, you will be sent a username and password so that you can login. To login, go to http://my.simmons.edu/elearning (note that this link opens in a new window).
Who's the Teacher? How do I Contact Her?
My name is Gail Matthews-DeNatale. I have over a decade of experience in education reform and instructional design for online learning. I'm particularly interested in courses that foster a sense of community -- deep engagement with the material and the investment that comes with participating an effort that's greater than yourself.
What's the Course About?
What's the difference between preparing to teach an online course and preparing to teach in a face-to-face setting? A lot! Many who are new to online teaching are surprised at how much planning and writing is involved. This workshop orients participants to the ins and outs of online course design and authorship. This workshop is non-technical and software agnostic; we will not focus on the technical process of posting materials within a learning management system. Instead, we will concentrate on instructional design and materials preparation. By the end of the workshop, you will have developed: (1) a sample syllabus and other orienting materials; (2) an online community-building warm-up activity; (3) the text for one online "session," including an activity/assignment; and (4) a strategy for assessing student learning.