Information Session - Learning to Teach Online at Warner

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
4 to 4:45 p.m.
LeChase Hall 401

The Warner School will hold an information session about two courses on online teaching and learning offered by Warner in spring 2014, as well as a new Certificate in Online Teaching. These opportunities are open to all qualified students, faculty, and staff at the University of Rochester.
We have increasing evidence that effective online instructors will be in great demand – in higher education as well as other settings.  Therefore, these courses and credentials may be especially beneficial to doctoral students across the university who are looking for faculty positions after graduation, as well as current staff and faculty who are interested in developing new skills as our own institution becomes increasingly open to and involved with online learning.

Based on the success this fall of a first course to prepare online instructors (EDE 484: Online Teaching and Learning), in spring 2014 we will offer another section of the same course, as well as launch the second course in the series (EDE 486: Designing Online courses, taught by Eric Fredericksen). A brief description of the two courses is provided below.

Individuals completing these two courses may also want to consider furthering their study of online teaching to earn a new Certificate in Online Teaching awarded by the Warner School. Completing this certificate will require only two additional courses on teaching and learning besides EDE 484 and EDE 486 (which could be taken at Warner or in another UR unit) and a mentored practicum experience. More information about this new Certificate will be provided at the Information Session.

Please note that, if you are currently a graduate assistant and your assistantship includes a full tuition waiver, that waiver will also cover any of these courses for no additional cost to your department. While this was not the case in the past, this is the result of an agreement reached by all UR deans last year about tuition transfer.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to take advantage of this opportunity to meet the course instructors and learn more about these new courses and programs. If you have additional questions but you cannot come to the information session, we encourage you to contact Dave Miller (; 585-340-7557).
Raffaella Borasi, Dean
Warner School of Education

Eric Fredericksen
Associate Vice President for Online Learning
EDE 484: Online Teaching and Learning
This course’s ultimate goal is to empower graduate students across the university to design and implement effective online learning experiences for their students – which may take place in a variety of instructional contexts including online, blended, and web-enhanced face-to-face courses in K-12 and higher education, as well as professional development programs, orientations, training sessions, etc.In the first part of the course, students will learn some fundamental principles of learning, motivation, assessment, teaching and instructional design relevant to online teaching and learning by engaging in a carefully designed series of learning activities; these learning experience will include both in-class and online components, so as to enable participants to “experience as learners” a number of online instructional tools and types of online learning activities. Explicit reflections on these experiences (both in class and online) will enable students to generalize from these concrete experiences to inform their own future online teaching. In the second part of the course, students will engage in supported “online experiences as teachers,” where they first design and deliver to the rest of the class an online lesson on content related to online teaching and learning as part of a group, and then they individually design an online learning experience for their field.
EDE 486: Designing Online Courses
This course will focus on developing the knowledge and skills needed to design, create and teach entire courses online. Building on the foundations and skills developed in EDE484, the course will start by examining the faculty perspective on online learning. The course will review institutional views and motivations for engaging in online education, as well as the programs and support that are necessary to be successful. Students will explore national trends and research on online teaching, building a foundation of evidence for effective online learning. A conceptual framework for online teaching and learning will be developed based on learning theory and different models of instructional design will be considered. Students will have practical experience with instructional resources and Web 2.0 tools and their affordances and constraints in the online learning environment. In addition to working through the opportunities and challenges of creating an entire online course, students will consider effective online teaching strategies to create an engaged online learning community. Special topics related to online teaching such as intellectual property, copyright, and plagiarism will also be discussed. The course is going to be offered fully online, so students in the course can personally experience this modality as learners.

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