TLO COURSE OUTLINE
The Teaching and Learning Online (TLO) Course is based on a four-week time frame with the expectation that you will need to commit approximately 30 to 35 hours to complete the course.
The courses you will be teaching may be synchronous or asynchronous; however, this teacher training is designed to be approximately 90% asynchronous and 10% synchronous (live meetings/discussion with the Course Facilitator.
There are no grades for the course. Your Course Facilitator will be providing personal feedback to you on your progress.
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Before you begin…
- There is an introductory assignment (Required prior to completing the course) in the first topic block that must be completed before any other course activity can be completed.
- This assignment is to be saved with your last name in the file extension and uploaded to the course for Course Facilitator review.
- Once you have completed this you can move on to other activities in the course (however course materials are available to you at any time).
Course Learning Outcomes
This course will enable students to:
- Become familiar with common elements of online learning environments;
- Demonstrate basic competency in the use of common elements found in online learning environments;
- Demonstrate basic competency with using education technologies;
- Become familiar with design principles and implementation of online learning experiences;
- Select strategies and resources appropriate for the online learning environment, learners, and learning outcomes; and
- Engage in learning communities and communities of practice.
The following assumptions have been made about you as a teacher enrolling in this course:
- You are comfortable with and enjoy using computer technology.
- You are comfortable with and enjoy using the Internet.
- You use e-mail and search engines regularly.
- You are comfortable working with word-processing and basic graphic packages.
- You are willing to problem solve and are comfortable investigating and implementing solutions to technical problems.
Throughout the course you will be assessed on your communication skills, problem-solving and decision-making abilities, technological proficiency, design skills, and ability to anticipate and innovate. Course rubrics are posted in the course area for you to view or download. You will be expected to participate fully in all required synchronous and asynchronous activities. There will be an informal assessment created by the Course Facilitator that will be discussed in the final web conferencing session. The Course Facilitator will provide you feedback during that meeting based on your own input as a learner and the facilitator's observations.
Participant Learning Plan
To start the course, you need to complete the Participant Learning Plan (PLP) that will be an outline of your contact schedule with the Course Facilitator and your projected completion date of the course.
About the course
The TLO Course is comprised of four modules, not including the introduction section and a course evaluation section. There are twelve required activities to complete the course, including creation of your own online course project site. Scroll through the course homepage for course information, or review the detailed course outline here (you can choose to download and print the outline) and review the course learning outcomes.
The introduction provides an overview of the course including greetings from the Course Facilitator and a forum for you to post your own introduction and greetings (Required Activity 1).
The first module is about teaching and learning online and begins with a presentation (Required viewing) and you are to post your thoughts about it in the Community of Inquiry Forum (Required Activity 2), followed by a review of quality and the BC Distributed Learning Standards. You are to write down your thoughts about BC DL standards and upload them to the course (Required Activity 3), and then connect with the Course Facilitator via Skype to discuss your reflections (Required Activity 4).
This module is about the development of practical skills using technology to enable learning at a distance. You are introduced to three core technologies, Moodle (LMS), Collaborate (web conferencing), and Jing (video/screen recording) - Activities 5/6/7 - along with other sample technology tools for you to review. You will apply your use of the tools throughout the remaining course activities and final project. There is an optional forum to post questions and ideas about using technology to engage students online.
The third module focuses on designing for learning online. While you are not required to review all the materials in the module, you are encouraged to watch the posted 5-minute video about designing for online learning on the course homepage and view the Designing for Learning Online materials. There is one Required Activity (8) where you are to post your thoughts about using technology and design principles to build engagement with students learning online.
The last module is all about building on and demonstrating your understanding of the Moodle platform for delivering online courses. As part of your final project you will create forums, assignments, tests and add other basic materials that will assist you to become an effective online teacher (Required Activity 9). Finally, Required Activity 10 is to book a Collaborate room via the LearnNowBC site and invite your Course Facilitator to an online meeting to showcase your Moodle work, and of course demonstrate your skills in using Collaborate.
The last module is designed to bring your voice and opinions to the course and facilitators. There are two Required Activities (11 & 12) where you are to first post a video of your own reflections on learning and then provide feedback based on a few questions about the course itself.
Click here to download a detailed version of this outline suitable for print if you so desire.