Training to Teach Online

Training to Teach Online

Delivering and developing an online course may require more time than face-to-face courses — especially for instructors who are new to online teaching. From the learner’s perspective, online courses can be much more demanding. With this in mind, managing student expectations and preemptively addressing their concerns through early and frequent communication is important with online learning. Instructors should send an email to students one week prior to the start of classes and on the first day of class, introducing themselves, explaining the course, and outlining what is expected from them throughout the semester.

Expected timelines for assignment grades and feedback of assignments should be clearly communicated to the students. Instructors are expected to actively participate in the delivery of the course, logging in at least four times per week. It is essential that instructors and students know how to access and utilize eClass/Moodle documentation and support throughout the semester. When the semester is over, instructors are advised to perform a self-evaluation, as well as view student evaluations and make any necessary adjustments for future course deliveries.

Training to Teach Online 

It is essential that instructors who are teaching online know how to properly utilize the tools available for delivering course content. Primarily, this will be eClass/Moodle (https://eclass2.msmc.edu/), but may also include tools such as Turnitin (http://www.turnitin.com/) and BigBlueButton (https://bigbluebutton.org/). There are many training opportunities available at Mount Saint Mary College, and the Office of Digital Learning and Instructional Design Services’s instructional design and technology support group maintains an updated list of all available training on our “Workshops Schedule” page.

If an instructor has never taught a hybrid-blended or fully-online course, instructor training is required. It can take months of actively working in this environment before becoming completely comfortable, so it is never too early to start training. To sign up for training, review the list of training dates, and then register for training by contacting Director of Digital Learning and Instructional Design Services Kristen Dellasala at Kristen.Dellasala@msmc.edu.