WeTeach is an interactive, collaborative course intended for instructors who teach online or blended courses.
Instructors will become an online student in this course to develop their own online teaching and design skills.
WeTeach is for instructors looking to expand their skills, explore new ways to engage students and use technology more effectively, and is great for instructors who are new to online teaching.
Quality Matters standards, technology tools, D2L training, best practices, and research will be integrated throughout all modules.
Early Bird Cost: $350.00 until a month before the first day of class.
Cost: $400.00 after the early bird rate has ended until the first of class.
Accelerated Course Format
The delivery of WeTeach has recently moved to a five-week accelerated course model with four weeks of virtual meetings and assignments. The last week is dedicated to wrapping up coursework required to earn a WeTeach certificate.
Learners will be asked to attend two virtual synchronous meetings each week on Mondays from noon-1pm and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm. Each meeting will be recorded and shared with those who are unable to attend.
You should expect to spend three to six additional hours per week reviewing lectures and readings and completing assignments to strengthen your online teaching and design skills.
You'll also start to develop components for your own online/blended course.
Certificate of Completion Requirements
WeTeach offers the option to earn a certificate of completion upon satisfactory completion of all required assignments listed in the syllabus.
June 6 - July 8
This event is full at this time.
During the first four weeks of the course, learners will attend virtual synchronous meetings on Mondays from noon-1pm and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm.
Each WeTeach module includes online readings, videos, articles, activities and assignments.
Each module also includes a live virtual discussion and presentation.
MODULE 1: Charting Your Course & Student Support Services
Topics in this module provide an introduction to online teaching within the MinnState System.
Topics include an overview of the tools available, course media codes and identifying challenges and opportunities of different delivery methods.
In this module, we'll also assess the characteristics of your student population and discuss campus support services and resources available to online students. These include technical support, access services, and tutoring.
MODULE 2: Quality Matters & Alignment
In this module, you'll be introduced to the Quality Matters (QM) process and rubric.
We'll discuss factors that impact the quality of online learning experiences and the importance of learning objective alignment.
The QM is just one of the frameworks used in course design for quality assurance in online course development.
In this module, we'll also review QM educational research literature and take a closer look at some of the QM standards. MinnState is a Quality Matters subscriber.
MODULE 3: Communication & Collaboration Online
In this module, we'll discuss several tools and strategies that can be used to communicate with your online students. They include tools for facilitating group work, team projects, and instructor presence online.
We'll cover tools such as D2L, Facebook, Twitter, and Zoom.
We'll explore virtual meetings and discuss activities and examples of how to incorporate virtual, synchronous components in your course.
We'll also discuss how to set and communicate your expectations for online participation and netiquette.
MODULE 4: Learning Objectives & Course Design Models
In this module, we'll discuss different learning taxonomies and course design models. Here, you'll start to map out components of your own online or blended course.
We'll also discuss and practice the process of writing effective and measurable learning objectives. Learning objectives help to define your expectations for students within the curriculum and the course. Well-written learning objectives are essential to instructional course design.
Other topics in this module include Universal Design for Learning and developing a student-centered course orientation and navigation.
MODULE 5: Online Assignments Examples
This module will discuss formative and summative assessment strategies.
There are many different types of assignments that can be incorporated into an online course. This module will provide you with examples on how to move some of your face-to-face assignments into an online course.
Examples include case studies, scenario-based discussion boards, student video assignments and debates.
We'll also discuss academic integrity online and engagement strategies for facilitating discussion boards.
MODULE 6: Feedback, Assignment Instructions & Rubrics
In this module, we'll explore several D2L assessment tools including quizzes, rubrics, and assignment folders.
We'll demonstrate best practices for grading online homework and discuss time-saving strategies.
This module will also look at the use of rubrics in online courses and provide some useful resources for building rubrics and clearly communicating expectations for assessments.
MODULE 7: Instructional Materials
Topics in this module include content authoring, the use of publisher-provided content (e.g., ebooks, test banks), and the integration of open educational resources (OER).
We'll introduce you to several OER repositories and discuss Creative Commons licensing.
We'll also discuss the use of recorded lectures in online learning including lecture examples, video software, and best practices to produce high-quality recorded lectures as well as techniques for creating accessible content.
MODULE 8: Ready, Set, Design & Deliver
In this module we'll showcase several Quality Matters (QM)-recognized online courses and discuss course schedule and course map examples.
During this module, you'll finalize your own module "roadmap" and identify tasks for continuing your course design process.
You'll also prepare for the optional one-on-one consultation with a QM Master Reviewer to address your own course needs.