Teaching in Distance Education
What is an Online Course?
An online course is one where the entire traditional face-to-face course is replaced by online assignments and activities. Online courses can be either synchronous or asynchronous. Online courses are becoming increasingly popular for students who need flexible schedules about when and where they can complete their coursework, such as non-traditional students, working students, or persons in the military deployed around the world. A step by step view of an online course from the Illinois Online Network is found at http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/overview/nutshell.asp. The webpage at http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/pedagogy/instructorProfile.asp addresses "What Makes A Successful Online Facilitator?"

Training Opportunities for DE Instructors

ECU DE Modules

All faculty who teach in distance education must complete the five DE modules located on Blackboard for each college. Once the modules have been completed, faculty maintain eligibility to teach online by being peer reviewed at least every three years with the approved DE Peer Observation Instrument and by completing distance education faculty development activities each year, as specified by their department or college. These can include activities offered by the Office for Faculty Excellence, ITCS, and individual colleges/departments.

Recordings of DE Sessions by the Office for Faculty Excellence

Keynote Address by Dr. Kyle Peck, Co-director of the Center for Online Innovation in Learning, Penn State University, at the UNCW Global Learning Technology Conference 2013

The University of North Carolina Online webinars in celebration of 2013 National Distance Learning Week

The Case for the Flipped Classroom
Helping Faculty Build Student Success with Instructional Tools and Web-Based Applications
Hybrid Instructor Certification Training
Working your CORE: Student Readiness for On-line Learning
Transitioning to Online Delivery Where Quality Matters


Designing Online Instruction
If you are considering teaching a course online, you can find a discussion of things to consider in this occasional paper from the University of Michigan's Center for Research on Learning and Teaching: Download PDF, as well as a tutorial on using storyboards in online course design at http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/pointersclickers/2004_09/index.asp and additional resources for online course design at
http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/id/index.asp. In "Distance Learning Course Design," Diane Ehrlich gives an overview of the design process for online instruction.

Teaching Strategies for Online Courses
Teaching courses well online requires the use of teaching and learning strategies that can differ from the traditional approach to teaching face-to-face classes. The University of Maryland University College has prepared its Expectations for Classroom Setup and Online Teaching, which gives an idea of what an online instructor needs to consider; the PDF can be downloaded from http://www.umuc.edu/faculty/facsupport/facultyexams/upload/online_exp_doc_042105.pdf. The Illinois Online Network discusses "Instructional Strategies for Online Courses" at http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/pedagogy/instructionalstrategies.asp and "Alternatives to the Online Lecture" at http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/pedagogy/alternative.asp Links to several resources for online learning activities are available at http://www4.uwm.edu/ltc/hybrid/faculty_resources/resources.cfm. 


Resources
Resources for best practices in online teaching can be found at http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/2825.asp. For more resources on online courses, visit http://www4.uwm.edu/ltc/online_courses/ and http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/2853.asp. Links to numerous resources are also found at http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/pedagogy/index.asp.Bridgewater State University has compiled resources of many kinds for online instructors at http://maxguides.bridgew.edu/onlinelearning.