Online Learning: Faculty

Methods for Online Teaching Online Faculty Training New for Fall 2021

This Fall
, the Office of Educational Technology is offering a new Online Learning Initiative that focuses more closely on the best practices in online course delivery.  The Fall 2022 Intermediate OLI-Methods for Online Teaching is in place for faculty who would like to take a more in-depth look at how they teach online in the context of the Community of Inquiry Framework.  The Online Learning Initiative training and certification or the equivalent offered by SPS is a pre-requisite for this training.

5 Week Course: October 3rd – November 4th

1 Admin week:  November 7th – November 11th

The purpose of this training course is to provide focused explanations and practical exercises to improve student engagement and success in the online modality.  These concepts are essential for both synchronous and asynchronous teaching styles.  All three of the primary concepts found in the community of inquiry framework are covered in addition to a fourth, ‘learner presence’ which rounds out and balances aspects of the framework that are currently the topic of discussion in academic circles.  This training will be delivered in a five-unit structure that follows the best standards and practices available to date.   


Registering on the workshop calendar only indicates your interest in enrolling in the Blackboard Course. You must then have the chair of your department and/or your unit coordinator email their support for your enrollment (or forward their email to you) to EdTech (, along with any additional questions you may have before this program begins. If you are enrolled in this course, you will receive an email confirmation with further instructions.

This course is supported directly by the Office of Educational Technology.  In addition to weekly synchronous meetings and active monitoring of feedback in the discussion board, a list of staff is provided for contact, and participants can reach out for support at or 719-319-7915, as well as one-on-one consultations via Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate. 




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