Preparing to Teach Online: The Steps for Summer and Fall Readiness

If you are teaching an online course at College of DuPage this summer, you will need to ensure that you’re ready for the challenges of online instruction– there are some key differences from in-person instruction. We’ve got instructions on our preparation process below.

We’re also asking that instructors prepare for potential disruptions in our usual on campus education next fall. We don’t know what the pandemic will bring and we want to be prepared– and we want YOU to be prepared. So, we’ve also got instructions on how to prepare to teach online this fall.

Condensed Prep for Summer Online Teaching

Learning Technologies and the Online Quality Committee have developed an accelerated training plan designed specifically to prepare you to teach online this summer. This plan condenses the principles of the Foundations of Online Teaching course into a short, self-paced module and combines that with support from an Instructional Designer during the course design phase. Here are the steps:

  1. Complete the self-paced module – registration is available in Cornerstone.
  2. After completing the module, you will receive a short course development checklist to use while developing your course.
  3. Meet with an Instructional Designer (ID) to review the checklist, establish a course outline, and ask preliminary questions.
  4. Attend weekly check-in meetings to ask questions and ensure course development stays on track.

You will be enrolled in Blackboard for New Users, a self-paced how-to for setting up a course in Blackboard. Completion of this course is optional, but will be available as a resource. We’ll also create an Organization in Blackboard as a space for resources and for you to share ideas with other faculty and get answers to questions from your peers. Finally, we will provide a course template with placeholder content and embedded help guides to make setting up your course shell as easy as possible.

Use this link to register for the accelerated course.

Preparation for Teaching Online in Fall and Beyond

The Foundations of Online Teaching courses scheduled for this summer and available for registration in Cornerstone are intended to help faculty get ready for fall and beyond. It is especially important for all faculty to prepare shells for any future offerings to accommodate the uncertain path of this present emergency. After completing the Foundations of Teaching Online, faculty will have the opportunity to work with an Instructional Designer to assist with course development. Here are our upcoming sessions:

Space is limited to 20 seats per class, so earlier registration is advised. Registration is done through Cornerstone but if you have any questions about the course, please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer them.