WeTeach Foundations

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This article provides a description of WeTeach Foundation and the individual modules included in this course. The article is intended for all audiences.

WeTeach Foundations: Fundamentals of Online Teaching

WeTeach Foundations is intended for instructors who are new to online teaching and who have not participated in the foundational workshops in the past, this group will work through seven foundation modules over the course of about seven weeks. Pre-requsite knowledge for this course includes using D2L core tools including dropbox, quizzes, grade book, content, and discussion boards. There will be seven, one-hour sessions in our virtual classroom offered every week. The WeTeach Foundations program offers a certificate of completion for participants that complete all the module assignments and attend at least 5 of the 7 virtual meetings.

WeTeach Foundations Modules

Below is a description of each module.

Module 1: Charting Your Course & Student Support Services

Topics in this module include an introduction to online teaching at WSU, an overview of the tools available, online instruction, and developing a work plan. In this module, we will also review campus support services and resources available to online students, including technical support, access services, and tutoring.

Module 2: Quality Matters Overview

In this module, you will be introduced to the Quality Matters (QM) process and rubric, the importance of learning objective alignment, and how to get and keep your students engaged. The QM process for course design is the framework for quality assurance in online course development used by TLT.

Module 3: Communication & Collaboration

In this module, you will learn how to use several tools to communicate with your students, including tools for facilitating group work and team projects online. We will cover tools such as D2L, Facebook, Twitter, and Adobe Connect. We will also discuss how to set and communicate your expectations for online netiquette.

Module 4: Learning Objectives & Course Design Models

In this module, you will be introduced to two different instructional design models to help you structure your online course design project. We will also cover the process of writing effective and measurable learning objectives. Learning objectives help to define your expectations for students within the curriculum and the course. Well-written learning objectives are essential to instructional course design.

Module 5: D2L Brightspace Assessment Tools & Feedback

In this module, we will explore several D2L assessment tools including quizzes, rubrics, and assignment folders. We will demonstrate best practices for grading online homework. This module will also look at the use of rubrics in online courses and provide some useful resources for building rubrics and clearly communicating expectations for assessments.

Module 6: Online Assignments

There are many different types of assignments that can be incorporated into an online course. This module will provide you with examples on how to move some of your face-to-face assignments into an online course. Examples include case studies, scenario-based discussion boards, student video assignments and debates.

Module 7: Instructional Materials

Topics in this module include content authoring, the use of publisher-provided content (e.g., ebooks, test banks), and the integration of open educational resources (OER). We will introduce you to several OER repositories and discuss Creative Commons licensing. We will also discuss the use of recorded lectures and video software.

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