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Twenty two faculty and instructional staff participated in a workshop series called TeachOnline@UW: Plan & Design. This is the second of three workshops to share best practices for designing and teaching online courses.

Participants were members of a year-long online course design learning community
  • 100% were satisfied with the program.
  • 100% recommend this program to other instructors.
  • 100% said had the right number of activities (completed 21 assignments in 6 online units).
  • 97% gained practical knowledge they could apply to their courses.

What Participants Said...

"It really made me think about teaching in a way that nothing else ever has. I hope to be a better online and face-to-face teacher because of it."

"I feel more confident in the sense that I am aware of many more tools, strategies, and technologies that are available to us." 

"I learned most from the experience of being an online student, something I had not done before."

More quotes and lessons learned available from video presentations and workshop evaluations.


Topics and Activities

During the Plan & Design workshop series, participants experienced being an online “student” while participating in online, asynchronous units. The online units were followed by face-to-face sessions where the participants collaborated with a team of colleagues on their course and shared experiences and strategies.

This workshop series provided both best practices and research-based ped
agogical strategies based on how students learn that led the participants through the planning and design of an online course using a course map (shown below).

Main workshop topics

   -Online Course Design
   -Learning Objectives and Alignment
   -Assessment and Measurement
   -Instructional Materials
   -Course Activities and Learner Interaction

Participants completed a course map to plan their online course. Thanks to John Zumbrunnen for allowing us to share his completed course map here. Click here to see the original course map file.


Best Practices Shared

Participants learned many instructional design strategies that positively impacted their teac
hing and studenlearning, including the Quality Matters Rubric, backwards design, curriculum mapping, Absorb-Do-Connect framework, active learning techniques, critical thinking strategies, and many other research-based bespractices

Guest speakers also shared best practices with the learning community, including 
Mo Bischof, Assistant Vice Provost and University Assessment Co-Chair, Office of the Provost, and virtual guest speaker, Curtis Bonk, a prolific writer and speaker on online teaching and learning.

A cross-campus team developed a high-quality online course experience that showcased Quality Matters standards, various technologies, and research-based content that was practical and encouraged new ways of thinking about course design and teaching. The feedback from the unit surveys indicated that participants appreciated the variety of engaging discussions and activities to help them begin designing their course.