Helping educators improve their course design for optimal learning
Since a couple years the TU Delft Extension School is offering two courses on designing and teaching an online course. We have developed these courses for our own teachers to get them up prepared for offering a course via the Extension School and since 2019 we also offer these courses to anyone interested. During the pandemic, we have run these courses bi-monthly to help teacher deal with remote online teaching.
Now it was time for a revamp based on the feedback we received and the increasing need we see for educators and trainers to gain specific skills to teach online in blended or hybrid modes, both on campus and for professional education. The advantage of a new training by my colleagues at the TU Delft Extension School is that it combines hands on experimentation with personal feedback on digital course design. It focuses on innovative teaching and design methods with a learner-centred approach to help teachers achieve various goals – including converting an existing face-to-face course, moving towards blended learning, and developing stronger skills as an instructional designer.
At the end of the course, participants walk away with a practical blueprint, a storyboard, the setup of a first module on a learning platform of their choice, and a communication plan.
The 4-week long training is structured around key course development phases: plan, produce, run, and evaluate. Bi-weekly webinars are two-fold opportunities for attendees: they receive feedback and actively connect with peers while experiencing first-hand tools and techniques for learner engagement. Demos and try-out moments are included to show what options are available and to experiment with those.
Due to its flexible, online format, the course can be started at any time that suits the learners between 28 March and 30 May. For more information – visit the course page.
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