Online Teaching Academy
May 29, 2020 10:48 AM

Dear faculty,

As we plan for Fall 2020 instruction, we anticipate an expanded need for online and hybrid courses to allow for social distancing in learning spaces (classrooms, laboratories, studios), accommodate faculty who may need to teach online and serve students who are unable to return to campus due to international travel restrictions or for personal reasons.

Online Teaching Academy

  • We are pleased to announce the university’s Online Teaching Academy, an opportunity for faculty to review good practices and discuss different pedagogical approaches as well as to receive hands-on training on technical tools for online teaching and learning.
  • During the Academy, faculty will design their online and hybrid fall courses in a community of fellow instructors with the support of campus experts from CITL, Tech Services and college-level educational technology units.
  • Sample topics for the Academy include: designing effective video lectures, providing feedback online, creating meaningful student engagement online, designing meaningful online assessments and utilizing online group work.
  • The Academy will take place from June 8 through July 2. Condensed versions of the Academy will be offered in July and August.   
  • The June Academy will include three-hour live online sessions on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon for the first three weeks. Faculty will be given tasks to work on for their courses in between the live sessions. The fourth and final week will involve independent work time, with support on-hand. Live sessions from the Academy will be recorded.
  • If you are unavailable for some of the live meetings, you can still participate if you watch the recordings and complete the course design tasks on-pace with the Academy.
  • The June offering of the Academy is aimed primarily at those who have not taught online before and are developing content for Fall 2020 instruction. Please note that Spring 2020 experience with remote instruction will not be counted as online teaching experience for this purpose. Because the Academy is a combination of instruction as well as content development, compensation will be provided for participants that complete the elements of the Academy. 
  • The July and August offerings will be open enrollment with no compensation for participation. Dates, details and enrollment information will be provided at a later date.

Details on eligibility, sign-up and compensation will be available soon through your department or college. 

Thank you for considering this opportunity to receive expert support in your fall course preparations.


Andreas C. Cangellaris
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

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