The School of Education requires instructors to complete at least 10 hours of training prior to teaching online. We maintain a list of recommended training resources here: Faculty Training for Teaching Online [pdf].
Fundamentals of Online Teaching
Each semester, Instructional Consulting offers Fundamentals of Online Teaching, a course for faculty and others who teach in the School of Education at Bloomington. It’s an asynchronous instructor-led online course that uses the concept of teaching presence as a lens to explore ways of using technology to support pedagogy in online learning environments. Course topics are informed by current research and include course design and organization, facilitating online discourse, creating and using video, providing assessment and feedback, and facilitating online collaboration and group work. Active participation in the course satisfies the School’s 10-hour training requirement for online instructors. The course is offered once each semester, twice if there is demand. Time commitment will vary but participants in previous sessions reported that they spent around two to four hours a week. If you would like to learn more and reserve a spot in the course, please contact Rod Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org. To preview the course, see this unmoderated copy in Canvas.
Canvas for Instructors
The purpose of this self-paced course is to help you learn to use the Canvas LMS as an instructor. The course is organized as a set of modules that you can complete in any order, although we recommend beginning with the "Setting Up Canvas" module. Most video pages also include a discussion where you can post and answer questions. This course also serves as a reference that you can return to when you have questions or need to refresh your memory. To gain access to this course, contact Rod Myers at email@example.com or self-enroll using this link.
If you're planning to use Canvas Groups so your students can collaborate in small groups on assignments or discussions, we've created a module to scaffold students in using the features available in groups, which include Pages, Files, Discussions, Announcements, and Collaborations. Here's a PDF with the link to the downloadable module and instructions for using it in your Canvas course.
When teaching your classes online, you should consider your students' needs, preferences, and circumstances. We've created a brief Canvas survey that you can import into your course and ask your students to complete. Here is a PDF version that you can preview. And here is a PDF with the link to the downloadable survey and instructions for using it in your Canvas course. If you need help, feel free to contact Instructional Consulting.
Keep Teaching website [IU’s primary resource] This site is being updated frequently with information on pedagogy and technology. See in particular the modules available in Canvas Commons that you can import into your Canvas courses that will help students learn tools that may be unfamiliar to them. As always, if you need help, contact Instructional Consulting.
Instructional Continuity in Emergencies [pdf from SoE Instructional Consulting] We are recommending live Zoom classes only as a short-term solution. Consider ways in which you can engage your students through asynchronous learning activities and resources with formative feedback. This document describes numerous instructional methods and links to videos and further resources for using Zoom and Canvas.
Zoom Demonstration [video from SoE Instructional Consulting] This 20-minute video covers many of the tools you're likely to use in Zoom. This webpage provides much of the same information in written form. Due to bandwidth issues and student access, we suggest that you move to asynchronous instruction as soon as possible. We recommend using Kaltura to record short lectures/presentations and make them available to your students in Canvas. This video from Instructional Consulting covers the basics of recording with Kaltura and publishing to Canvas.
Webinar recording on Bridging the Digital Divide: Teaching with Empathy and Equity in the Wake of COVID-19 [Kaltura video] presented March 24, 2020 by IU's Jessica Calarco, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sociology. This related resource list [pdf] includes links and information on low-cost internet and devices, digital accessibility, mental health services, housing and food insecurity, and well-being and social connections.
IC Quick Tips
One of the most common requests we receive is for assistance in copying contents from a previous version of a Canvas course into a new version. See all of our short demonstration videos on our IC Quick Tips channel in Kaltura.
Instructional Consulting produces a brief newsletter that provides information about workshops, events, and other resources related to teaching and learning. To subscribe to the IC newsletter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: You will receive an email prompting you to confirm your subscription. Click on the link in the email to complete the subscription process.
We also highly recommend subscribing to newsletters from the IUB Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning and from UITS Learning Technologies.