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This article provides a description of the TLT program WeTeach. The article is intended for all audiences interested in online course design.
WeTeach is an interactive, collaborative course intended for instructors who teach online or blended courses. Instructors will become an online student in the course to develop their own online teaching skills. This course also allows instructors to share online teaching experiences and best practices.
This course is for instructors who are new to online teaching. It is also for instructors looking to expand their skills, explore new ways to engage students, and use technology more effectively to save time.
WeTeach is an eight-week course that consists of eight online modules with 1-hour weekly virtual meetings. Expect to spend eight to nine additional hours reviewing lectures/readings and completing assignments developed to strengthen your online teaching and design skills.
Certificate of Completion Requirements: " Attend six out of the eight virtual meetings " Complete the required assignments listed in syllabus At the completion of the course, all participants will have the opportunity to receive up to 2 hours of individual instructional consultation related to WeTeach course topics with a Coach Consultant. Participation in instructional consultation is optional and is not required to receive the Certificate of Completion. The consultation hours are non-transferable and expire three months after the published course end date. The assignment of Coach Consultants, all of whom will be Quality Matters Master Reviewers, will be managed by Minnesota Online Quality Initiative Co-Coordinators.
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. For more information WeTeach Foundations
WeTeach Advanced is intended for instructors who have already participated in the WeTeach Foundations or have taught online before. This workgroup will focus on designing or re-designing your course to meet all QM standards. This will be about pedagogy not technology. You can expect to meet face-to-face at least five times as a group before dividing into one on one meetings. At the end of this course you can select to have TLT review your course, report on each standard (met or not met), provide you with a detailed report of how you might improve the “not-met” standards, and create an action plan to implement those improvements. Once your course has met QM standards in this internal review, we will help you submit the course for an external review if you wish to do so. One-on-one meetings will be conducted to complete this track of the WeTeach program. Although this can be accomplished in a semester, we will continue to work with you as long as it takes. For more information WeTeach Advanced