Online courses are becoming more common in higher education institutions, and Loyola University Chicago is certainly no exception. The number of summer online courses has grown from about 20 in the summer of 2011 to over 50 in summer 2013. Many students are seeking out these courses as a means to get ahead or get caught up on credits and required courses while spending the summer at home (saving room and board expenses). And this is just one category of students hoping to get course work done in the online venue. Is Loyola prepared to meet the growing demand? Do we have sufficient faculty prepared to transition from the traditional to the online classroom?
In response to the growing need for trained faculty, the Faculty Center offers a 9-week course that covers best practices for teaching and learning online. The benefits of taking the course are that participants get to experience what an online course is like from the student perspective while at the same time learning strategies to make online teaching more effective. Additionally, the course walks “students” through the current online resources readily available at Loyola and provides hands-on practice using many of these tools.
If you are interested in the course, there are still spaces in the fall cohort beginning Tuesday, September 17. There are 9 weeks of course work (including some group work, assignments, tests and synchronous sessions) and requirements of 1-3 hours per week of reading and participating. If you are interested in joining us, please check our webpage for registration information: http://www.luc.edu/fcip/teachingwithtechnology/onlineteachingcourse.