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Teaching Online

Programs for Faculty

  • Online Course Development Initiative (OCDI)
    The Online Course Development Initiative is a comprehensive program designed to assist faculty members with designing quality online courses and developing skills for effective online teaching. This is a yearlong program with several components and typically begins in mid-May.
  • Preparing to Teach Online
    Preparing to Teach Online is a completely online course designed to provide faculty members with experience, knowledge and skills to teach online. The course runs during the each semester during the regular academic year.
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
    Wondering if online teaching is for you?  This learning path is for faculty who wish to explore whether online teaching and learning is a good fit for their program. Through three linked sessions, faculty engage in a conversation with their peers around the changing environment for teaching, the evolution of online learning, and guiding principles and best practices for online teaching and learning.  These sessions provide faculty with a knowledge base from which to make informed decisions.
  • VCU Online Learning Summit
    The VCU Online Learning Summit is an open opportunity for faculty dialogue about online teaching and learning. The Summit features a keynote talk, an Online Showcase of faculty work, Interactive Presentations by faculty from across Virginia, a Leadership Roundtable, and an ending panel discussion. This event is held annually mid-May.

    Please note the Proceedings from the Summit 2012 have been published as an ebook in several formats — epub, iBook, and Nook. Please access the links to published Proceedings from our Summit website.
  • Online Course Showcase
    VCU faculty experienced with teaching online will showcase their courses in this "brown bag" lunch event, held biweekly on Friday, noon. Join the conversation at CTE about strategies that work to engage students in online courses. Check the schedule for dates, presenters and topics.

Teaching Resources

  • Gallery of Online Teaching New!
    This video collection is a series vignettes and personal stories by successful online instructors at VCU, who examine the question: What does learning look like in the online environment? In these short videos, they focus on how we might actually see evidence of learning in the online environment and share their experience, thoughts and advice to those who are contemplating teaching online.
  • Online Teaching and Learning Resource Guide
    This resource guide is designed to help faculty transition their courses from a physical face-to-face class to one delivered online. Teaching and learning online is different from traditional forms of education, requiring new practices. This guide will help faculty members reconceptualize their instructional approaches for the online environment.
  • CTE White Paper – Building from Content to Community: [Re]Thinking the Transition to Online Teaching and Learning
    The CTE authored this white paper to serve as a resource for faculty who are teaching online or are considering making a transition. We hope this paper serves as the starting point for conversation and reflection as you begin this process yourself.
  • eLearning Tools Landscape
    The eLearning Tools Landscape is a clickable map that represents a range of digital technologies that are available at VCU. The map is organized into four areas of instructional use to facilitate identification and selection of technology to support teaching and learning.
  • Workshops
    The CTE conducts a range of workshops relevant to teaching and learning in the online environment. A full list of these opportunities is available here. Please contact the CTE to arrange for customized versions of these workshops to be offered for a group of faculty in your school or department.
  • Consultations
    Members of the CTE staff are available for individual and small group consultations to assist faculty members with a range of issues related to instructional practice and course design in the online environment. Below you’ll find contact information and key areas of expertise:
    • Bud Deihl (wdeihl@vcu.edu), 804.828.4383
      • Digital storytelling / Media development
      • Web-based communication
    • Joyce Kincannon (jmkincannon@vcu.edu), 804.828.1605
      • Hybrid and online course design
      • Selection of digital media to support learning goals
      • Building communities of practice
    • Jeff Nugent (jsnugent@vcu.edu), 804.827.0563
      • Use of emerging technology
      • Web-based collaboration / learner engagement
      • Research on technology and learning
    • Britt Watwood (bwatwood@vcu.edu), 804.828.1896
      • Online assessment
      • Web conferencing / virtual classrooms
      • Evaluation of online course design

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