Developing Effective Online Learning Spaces: Online Seminars

We are offering three seminars in 2019-20. Fill out our interest form to be notified when registration opens.

alt="" Designing Online Courses – Fall 2019

Dates: Mid-October to the end of November 2019.

Audience: System-wide University of Minnesota faculty and staff.

Format: Blended using Canvas, Flipgrid, and VoiceThread across the 5 modules, and meeting via Zoom for 4 synchronous, 30-minute interactive presentations.

Successful completion: Participants who are active in all online discussion forums, who regularly participate in Zoom sessions, and who compose a final reflective essay (in written or multimedia formats) will be awarded $200 in professional development funds.

This 5-module, 6-week online seminar for University of Minnesota instructors is set up in Canvas so that you can explore, experience and analyse pedagogical practices from a learner’s perspective in order to consider what you might adapt or incorporate as you (re)design your online or hybrid courses.

Throughout the seminar, you will explore ways of applying the 4As of course design - developing and aligning course atmosphere, aims, activities, and assessments - in online and hybrid learning spaces. Following an overview module, the topical modules will focus on: approaches to building and sustaining a respectful, interactive classroom atmosphere; developing overarching as well as assignment- and skill-level learning aims; framing effective online discussions and team activities; and assessing learning activities and assignments.

The discussions forums provide opportunities to interact with readings and peers as you thoughtfully develop your ideas about creating online experiences that are fulfilling for you, compelling for your students, and effective for all participants.

The seminar closes with each participant finalizing a final reflective essay that incorporates their ideas about 2-3 things they plan to implement in an upcoming course.

Questions? Contact Ilene Alexander.

Conversation icon Developing Multicultural Inclusive Teaching & Learning Spaces – Fall 2019

Dates: Seminar during the months October and November, with 5 modules offered across 8 weeks.

Audience: System-wide University of Minnesota faculty and staff.

Format: Fully online via a Canvas site; other system-supported tools will be introduced across the 5 modules. Each of the five modules for this Seminar will be open for a two-week period, with participants moving as a cohort from one module to the next. This seminar does not incorporate webinars; however, the course lead will offer regular online office hours and consultations.

Successful completion: Participants who are active in all online discussion forums, and who complete a reflective project will be awarded $200 in professional development funds.

This seminar brings together higher education professionals to learn, share, develop, and experience strategies for cultivating inclusion as a teaching practices to support the broad range of learners enrolled in our courses, especially students working in online and blended learning spaces. Seminar participants will discuss practices of inclusion to re-examine and expand ideas about a) planning for and supporting an inclusive course climate,  b) selecting course content, c) building complex, dialogic, and reflective online discussions, d) creating sequenced, authentic transparent assignments, and e) working with peers to develop inclusive teaching and learning practices. For each Seminar module, participants will review select resources alongside interacting with peers in Canvas and Flipgrid discussion forums to further explore each topic. To close the Seminar, each participant will create a short reflective project to share their forward-looking, inclusion-oriented teaching and learning ideas. The project might take shape as an essay, narrated presentation, vlog or blog post, photoessay, or collection of short reflections.

Questions? Contact Ilene Alexander.

 Making a Good Course Even Better – Spring 2020

Dates: February and March 2020. Specific dates to be announced.

Audience: System-wide University of Minnesota faculty and staff.

Format: Blended using Canvas, Flipgrid, and VoiceThread across the 5 modules, and meeting via Zoom for 4 synchronous, 60-minute interactive presentations.

Successful completion: Participants who are active in all online discussion forums, who regularly participate in Zoom sessions, and who compose a VoiceThread presentation highlighting a new or revised teaching strategy will be awarded $200 in professional development funds. 

This 4-module, 5-week online seminar for University of Minnesota instructors is set up in Canvas so that you can explore, experience and analyse pedagogical practices from a learner’s perspective in order to consider what you might adapt or incorporate as you (re)design your online or hybrid courses.

You’ve taught an online or hybrid course in the past and have experience creating activities and interacting with students in those environments. Now what? If you’re interested in building your online teaching skills with a supportive group of colleagues, this seminar is for you.

The modules in this online seminar will address:

  • creating community, engagement, and instructor presence in your course,
  • using video and multimedia effectively,
  • creating learning-centered online syllabi, and
  • strategies for gathering and providing feedback in the online environment.

In addition to exploring the topics mentioned above, you’ll have an opportunity to develop and present a new or revised teaching strategy that you’d like to pilot in a future version of your course. 

Questions? Contact Bill Rozaitis and Mary Jetter.