The nature of the 21st-century classroom is rapidly changing. Online education in K-12, also called virtual schooling, is growing at approximately 30 percent annually. With this rise comes an increase in demand for experienced teachers to provide instruction online, which adds another dimension to teacher quality. Skill sets acquired for teaching in a traditional classroom setting are not adequate preparation for online teaching, or online course development. As a result, the intent of the proposed graduate course is designed to prepare currently certified teachers in theoretical, technical and pedagogical foundations of online instruction.
Week 1: Student Orientation
Week 2: The Role of the Instructor in Online Learning
Week 3: The Role of the Online Learner and Learning Styles
Week 4: Communication in the Online Classroom
Week 5: Supporting Learning with Instructional Strategies and Interactive Learning
Week 6: Management and Organization
Week 7: Assessment in the Online Environment
This is an advanced level course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with Internet access. They will also need speakers and a microphone (or a headset or telephone) to participate in the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Virtual Meeting sessions. In addition, participants should be proficient with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and with using word processing software, email, and attachments.
All materials in this course are the property of the South Carolina Department of Education Office of VirtualSC PD. All course materials needed/required for the workshop are available online.