As the nation's first independent, 100% online state university, CSU-Global is proud to be a leader in the field of higher education. Through these trainings designed specifically for educators and higher education professionals, CSU-Global is able share its knowledge and practical application in a variety of key university development areas.
Engage! Online Instructor Development Series
This series prepares participants to effectively teach courses in an online environment. The same theory, practices, and techniques that have made CSU-Global the preferred place to teach online are offered in this faculty instructional series.
This comprehensive 10-week course is designed to provide teachers from traditional classroom settings and industry experts who have an interest in teaching with the instructional skills necessary for the online classroom. Participants will explore essential components of effective online instruction and evidence-based best practices including an introduction to online learning, characteristics of online learners, technologies that facilitate and support student engagement and assessment, and course management. Participants should have basic computer skills and a bachelor's degree (master's or terminal degree in their subject matter area preferred). For more information, please email Instructor.Development@CSUGlobal.edu. Please note: Completion of this course does not constitute, either directly or implied, an offer of employment from CSU-Global Campus. Click here to view CSU-Global's faculty qualification requirements.
- Start Date: September 1, 2014
- Cost: $450*
- Participants who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate and 45 Continuing Education Units
- Complete the registration form below to get started!
Anne O’Bryan, Ph.D.
Dr. Anne O'Bryan earned her Ph.D. from Iowa State University. She is an adjunct instructor with Colorado State University-Global Campus and serves as a member of the Faculty Development Team. With over 10 years of teaching experience both in the traditional classroom and online, she is a highly motivated educator who enjoys helping new and current online instructors develop their skills based on best practices.
Module topics include:
- Introduction to online learning and characteristics of online learners
- Managing discussions in the online classroom
- An exploration of technologies that facilitate and support online teaching and student engagement
- Assessment and feedback
- Time and course management
- Professional networking in online education groups
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Identify and describe characteristics and unique needs of online learners
- Identify strategies to effectively orient students to the online learning environment
- Explore evidence based practices for online teaching and learning, with specific focus on connecting learners to learners, learners to content, and learners to instructor
- Recognize and establish an appropriate presence (social, cognitive, and teaching presence) in order to facilitate learning and build a learning community
- Identify strategies to promote effective instruction and student engagement in discussion forums
- Evaluate appropriate tools for online communication
- Demonstrate the use of multimedia tools to demonstrate teaching and social presence and promote cognitive presence
- Evaluate feedback strategies appropriate to adult online learners
- Identify networking, potential employment, and professional development opportunities
Prerequisites: Master’s or terminal degree in a subject matter area and basic computer skills.
"The information covered in the course will help me in future online teaching positions and my current teaching position. It was very helpful to learn and see all of the different tools available to help students in an online environment."
— Teresa Bounds, Private University Faculty
"Instructor Anne O'Bryan was wonderful. She had a lot of insight into technological tools used within online teaching, and she was very prompt with all elements of the course (responding to discussions, replying to email messages, posting grades, etc.). The course was also very helpful, and it was nice to have other instructors sharing their ideas and best practices. Since I don't have any teaching experience, it was nice getting all of this other information through the discussions. I feel that the course covered all aspects of online teaching, which is important. Overall, a great course!"
— Allison Lemmertz, Education Industry Professional
"The instructor for this course was fantastic! Very knowledgeable without being pretentious, very friendly and very supportive. She was able to interact with equal effectiveness, regardless of our experience and education."
— Scott Ryder, Private Sector Executive
"This course was very educational as I learned about many new technological resources available to help me in my current online teaching. I loved the interaction on the discussion forums with Anne and my classmates. We all learned from each other sharing our personal and professional experiences."
— Voneece Little, Private University Online Faculty
"This course provided an interesting perspective on becoming an online instructor because we simultaneously experienced both sides of the situation. As students, we were being graded on how well we were learning to be instructors. It provided a truly empathetic experience that I think will make us better instructors in the long run."
— Kelley Totaro, Public Sector Manager