A 6-week online course, developed by the Institute for Academic Development and Information Services, to support staff new to tutoring and teaching for online distance courses.
A minimum active participation for 3 hours per week over 6 weeks (= 18 hours) is required.
Active participation in weekly discussions and other group activities is an essential part of the course. Each week you will explore a different aspect of what online tutoring may mean, mainly through interacting with others, discussing experiences and reviewing resources and tools.
The interactive style of this course means that you will benefit most from frequent short interactions - e.g. 4 or 5 20-minute “visits” to the course site across the whole week.
We will be using an online environment linking a number of resources and tools. Each week we will ask you to read or view some key resources, take part in activities, including discussions and group projects, and reflect on lessons learned which would apply to your own programme.
The course will be led by two tutors throughout, offering suggestions and feedback on your work. In addition guest tutors will join us for individual weeks to provide additional perspectives and experience.
The next course is likely to run from 25th February - 5th April 2013.
The course is open to all staff of the University. If there is pressure on numbers preference will be given to staff involved in or planning a bid for the Distance Education Initiative.
By the end of the course you will have experienced some key aspects of participating in an online course as student and as tutor.
You will have explored some of the technologies and modes of communication and collaboration in use at the University of Edinburgh, and will have the opportunity to select and evaluate some activities in support of teaching and learning online.
Course booking is via the events booking system.
After booking, you will receive a welcome email and information about joining the online course environment.
We will notify all enrolled staff of the essential pre-course checks, to ensure everyone has access to the necessary hardware and software, and to double-check on planning time to participate online.
This article was published on Jan 31, 2013