Welcome to Pivoting to Online Teaching: Research and Practitioner Perspectives! In this course, you will learn practical ways to quickly move into teaching online, guided by top scholars and practitioners in the field. In each module, you will watch videos and read articles by online learning experts and participate in activities and discussions covering critical topics that will make the online environment a rich learning experience for your students. The instructors will host live sessions, and synthesize relevant resources to help those who are new to online learning and those who have experience, but want to expand their skills and provide support for others.

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Develop a framework for rapidly moving from face-to-face to online teaching
  • Identify and use a range of content creation technologies that support presenting curriculum online
  • Foster interaction online and promote deep engagement between students
  • Create assessments that are suitable for for the online environment
  • Plan long-term online learning and the return to classroom teaching by adopting the best of the online environment to support in-class learning

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, this course is primarily intended for those who have some experience teaching or supporting faculty at the post-secondary level.

Meet The Instructors

  • George Siemens, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington and Co-Director of the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) at the University of South Australia
  • Tanya Joosten, Ph.D., Director of Digital Learning Research and Development and Co-Director of the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Matt Crosslin, Ph.D., Learning Innovation Researcher in the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab in the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Excellence atthe University of Texas at Arlington
  • Negin Mirriahi, Ed.D., Senior Lecturer and Head of Curriculum Development and Support in the Teaching Innovation Unit at the University of South Australia
  • Justin T. Dellinger, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab in the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Excellence at the University of Texas at Arlington

Course Schedule

Module Topic
0 Get to Know the Course, Getting Started Quickly
1 Getting Started in Online Education
2 Content Creation
3 Fostering Interaction
4 Student Learning and Assessment
5 Blended Learning and Moving Forward

Course Material Availability

Since this is a self-paced offering, all material will be available from the beginning of the course. Some additional materials will be posted in the course over time, such as newly identified resources and recordings of live sessions.

Key Course Elements

  • Interview videos with prominent digital learning scholars
  • Supplemental readings
  • Discussion forums
  • Course activities
  • Live sessions (to be recorded)

Grading Policy

Students that wish to receive a certificate will need to sign up for the course in edX and purchase the certificate option. For learners that signed up to receive the official course certificate, you will need to complete all required activities in edX with a score of at least 70% by the final day of the course in order to pass. Rubrics will be attached for each assignment. The course staff will periodically check the gradebook and help forum for any issues related to grading and certificates. Since this is a self-paced course, all activities will have automatic or peer-review scoring. Those not registering for the edX version will have the option of viewing the activities here and completing them as they would like.

Academic Policy

For those pursuing the online certificate option in edX, you will be expected to perform your own original work in this course. Feel free to be inspired by other participants and resources, but make sure that you are doing your own work. Any direct copying, plagiarism, or cheating of any kind on any assignments is subject to an automatic “0” in the course, for those that are seeking certificates.

Course Roles

Teaching assistants (TAs) may help the instructors monitor the course discussion forums. If there are a large number of participants enrolled, the course team may not be able to get to each question immediately and we ask for your patience. The instructors will also participate in the discussion forums, conduct live sessions, post updates and announcements, and help with any support student needs.

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Discussion Forum Etiquette / Code of Conduct

All course participants are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Instructors and participants will enforce this code throughout the course. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.

Our course is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any venue, including discussion boards, blogs, Twitter and other online media. Course participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the course at the discretion of the instructors.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the instructors or other participants may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the course.

If you are being harassed yourself, or notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the course staff immediately.

Instructors will be happy to help participants assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the course. We value your participation.