without the constant overwhelm, crippling tech hangups or distressing frustrations of not knowing what to do or where to begin.
I'm sure you already know that NOW is the time to refine your online teaching skills.
If you have had any exposure to teaching online, I'm sure you also know that it is not as easy as some think it is and requires the investment of time and energy to be successful.
As more technology is incorporated into higher education, I'm sure you realize how important it is to be knowledgeable and skilled at navigating the digital world successfully.
The ability to design, teach and manage an online course successfully can...
Perhaps you've taught an online course before and it started out fine, but then the grading became more than you could handle and you became overwhelmed. Or maybe you started setting up your online course and the technology became confusing and you became discouraged.
Without a super clear, step-by-step plan or blueprint, most would-be online educators get completely lost.
It's easy to get caught up with time-consuming grading and the follow-up required in online education. Also, the tech involved in setting up and delivering your course can sometimes be so intimidating that many people don't even want to take the first step of learning or using it.
As Ann already busy educator with other teaching, research and committee obligations, not to mention family and other personal responsibilities, you literally don't have the time to course correct mid-way through the semester.
And the moment you fall behind, in an online course, it's almost impossible to catch back up.
Therefore, preparing your online course in advance and following a step-by-step blueprint is the best way to guarantee success.
People who believe this myth have either never taught online or have never taught online THE RIGHT WAY.
I don't want you to think that teaching online takes an inordinate amount of time either. As with anything, it takes a bit more time the first time you do it and then it becomes like second nature. This is especially true for teaching online because once you set the course up right, the second time you teach it, you will have a ready-made template to work from and your courses will just get better and better each time you teach it.
The reason it is important to understand that teaching online isn't easy is because you must be realistic about the situation. Walking into this understanding the commitment it will require from you will help throughout the process of course design and management.
I know that many people think that if they're not computer Savy or good with technology that they can't be successful teaching online. That is simply not true. No one expects you to be a tech genius, but there are some other traits that will help you to be successful teaching online.
For starters, you must be very well organized and prepared for teaching online. There was a funny meme going around during the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak when faculty were told to "put their classes online". The graphic was from a scene from The Lord of the Rings and the original quote said "One does not simply walk into Mordor), (for al my LOTR fans). But the new meme quote said, "One does not simply put a course online". This SOOO true. It takes a significant amount of organization and preparation to put a course together successfully.
Now, I don't want you to think that you don't need ANY technological know-how. But instead, it's more about being open-minded and willing to learn new things.
This myth is simply not true. I think that, unfortunately, there are many poor quality online courses out there. But there are a lot of poor quality face-to-face classes as well! The effectiveness of the class has less to do with the mode of instruction and more to do with the quality of the teaching.
The fact is, online courses can be very inspiring, engaging, and effective if we use the various strategies, resources and tools at our disposal.
The reality is that we are living in an age where we have the opportunity to re-imagine the way we deliver our content and assessments. You have the chance to bring your course work to life, literally and figuratively. What better way to effectively teach your course than to make it real for your students?
Even though there is a big push for online education in academia right now, not all resources are created equally.
Some resources teach you about course design but not about course management. Others teach you how to manage an online course but don't give you any ideas about effective content delivery or assessment strategies.
The key ingredient to all of this is a clear, sep-by-step blueprint.
And with your permission, that's what I'd love to share with you.
The "Building Your Online Course" program brings together everything I've learned about teaching online over the past 8 years including all of the strategies and resources that have proven successful for me AND MY STUDENTS over time.
You will learn all my tips and tricks for designing, teaching and managing an online course, but even more importantly, you will receive a comprehensive, meticulous, step-by-step blueprint that you can follow to create your own successful course.
The "Building Your Online Course" program will help you to
1. Develop the confidence and commitment it will take to design, teach and manage an online course successfully.
2. Create a preparation and time management plan so you can teach online with ease
3. Design innovative, creative and engaging content that will excite and appeal to your students
So if you’re ready to finally teach online without the overwhelm, frustration or intimidation.
Module 1 provides an overview of this course, why it was created and how to be successful.
Many people who begin a program never finish because the expectations of the program are not clearly laid out. In Module 1 of this program you will learn exactly how the course is set up, what it can do for you and how to get the most out of it.
This Module includes a handy Goal Planning Worksheet that you can use to stay centered on the goals you hope to accomplish throughout this program.
Module 2 will provide a description of the essential elements that should be included in your course to ensure it is well organized. Many people overlook the importance of organization in an online course, but there is a reason this is one of the first content Modules in this program. An online course that is poorly organized is doomed for failure. You only have one chance to make a first impression on your students so it is important to take the time to organize your course strategically.
This Module includes a Course Prep Task List that lays out all the essential tasks you must accomplish in order to successfully complete this module. This Module also includes an Agenda and Overview Section Template and Learning Activities Template that you can use to properly organize your layout in the Blackboard Learning Management System.
Module 3 provides essential information on how to develop learning objectives, how to develop and curate course content and how to design engaging online assignments.
This is the fun part! This is where you can explore your course content and assignments in a new way! Why not create a virtual field trip for your students to take or an Internet scavenger hunt! Let your imagination go wild, but don't forget to drill down on the learning objectives for your course, because these are the guides that we will use to set our course. But don't worry if you don't have your learning objectives developed yet, we will also explore how you can solidify them as well.
This Module includes a Course Prep Task List that lays out all the essential tasks you must accomplish in order to successfully complete this module. This Module also includes an Instructional Design Worksheet that you can use to ensure your learning objectives, course content and course activities are all well aligned.
Module 4 will present an overview of the different ways online educators can enhance communication in their online courses. Communication is among the most important aspects of an online course (coming in at a very close second to Organization).
Many instructors fall short in the area of communication and community building, feeling that it is not an essential part of online learning but I can not stress enough how important this is. In fact, this is so essential that in this Module I urge you create a tangible plan communication plan to adhere to during your academic semester.
This Module includes a Course Prep Task List that lays out all the essential tasks you must accomplish in order to successfully complete this module. This Module also includes a Welcome Message Template that you can use to formulate a warm, informative message to your incoming students.
Module 5 provides a description of different ways to manage your time effectively when teaching an online course including tips on how to prep your course in an organized way, how to manage grading and how to follow-up with students effectively.
Poor time management is one of the major reasons why many educators are unsuccessful in the online teaching area. But not to worry. You will not fall victim to this because this module will give you all the tools you need to avoid falling into this predictable trap.
This Module includes a Course Prep Task List that lays out all the essential tasks you must accomplish in order to successfully complete this module. This Module also includes an essential Course Prep Calendar Template that you will use to layout all of your course prep and teaching activities that must be completed before and during the semester.
Module 6 will provide an overview of what Ed Tech Tools are, how you can use them to enhance your course activities and instructor communication and how to select the right ones. This is one area where your willingness to learn and try new things will be most needed and most rewarded. But don't worry, you don't have to incorporate lots of different types of tech in your course, but why not challenge yourself to commit to trying one or two tools this semester?
This Module includes a Course Prep Task List that lays out all the essential tasks you must accomplish in order to successfully complete this module. This Module also includes a special Ed Tech Tool Resource Library that identifies different Ed Tech Tools you may want to explore to enhance your online course.
Module 7 puts all the pieces of our journey together and provides an opportunity to finalize your course prep and teaching schedule. This is the course correction module that helps you get pay or stay on track. You will clearly outline your schedule to continue the great work you have started and set yourself up for ONE REMARKABLE ACADEMIC SESSION.
In this Module you will also revisit your Goal Planning Worksheet to ensure that you accomplished your initial goals and are well on your way to accomplishing your overall goal of designing, teaching and managing a successful online course.
Building Your Online Course: A Blueprint for Success is a comprehensive, meticulous, step-by-step program that will not only show you exactly how to design, teach and manage your online course like a pro but also how to create a course that both you and your students will enjoy.
This program is highly curated and filled with helpful, super-clear examples guides and templates to make the course development and implementation process simple and easy to follow.
On top of that, if you're unhappy with the program, you can receive a 14-day money back guarantee. Simply send me an email explaining what you are unhappy with about the program and if it’s something I can’t address, I will process your refund. So there's no risk!
By the end of the 14 day period you will have already had access to Modules 1, 2, and 3 so you would have had a clear idea of what this program can offer you.
This means you would have already had time to begin implementing both an organizational and communication & community building plan before you make a final commitment.
If you don't feel totally confident and motivated by the program, simply reach out, let me know what you are unhappy with in the program and I will give you a full refund.
Module 1: Introduction and Overview
Module 2: Course Organization
Module 3: Instructional Design
Module 4: Communication and Community Building
Module 5: Preparation and Time Management
Module 6: Infusing Ed Tech Tools to Enhance Your Online Course
Module 7: Putting it All Together
A Welcome Message Template that you can use to formulate a warm, informative message to your incoming students.
Here are answers to some questions you may have.
This training program was made for educators in the area of higher education who teach fully online for an academic institution. Since most of the examples and sample assignments come from my own online classes, nurse educators would get the most out of this course, but educators in any field can also find value in this program.
However, this course was not designed for things such as clinical courses that have transitioned to the online environment. Determining activities to replace clinical hours must meet specific regulations as laid out by accrediting bodies and are beyond the scope of this program.
This program was tailor-made for educators who teach using the Blackboard Learning Management System. Educators who use different Learning Management Systems may still find value in the program, HOWEVER, many of the step-by-step videos that will walk you through your course set-up will not be applicable to you. If you require assistance with the technical aspects of course set-up and do not teach using the Blackboard LMS, I DO NOT recommend using this program.
Not to worry. If you teach using the Blackboard Learning Management System, you can refer to the tailor-made Tech Library for assistance with all your tech needs from course set-up to course management.
This program is a hands-on, step-by-step guide that is action focused and will walk you through the actual process of setting up your course. Other programs focus more on the theory and concepts related to teaching online. While these are very valuable educational resources, this program focuses more on giving you the tools to fully design and implement your online course in 6 weeks.
This program occurs over a 6 week period of time. Each week we will focus on 1 Module at a time (except Week 1 where we will review both Modules 1 and 2). The course content will be released ONE MODULE AT A TIME (except for Modules 1 and 2 which will both be available to you during Week 1). At 8AM EST each Monday in the program, a new Module will be made available to you beginning on December 21, 2020.
Once you purchase the program, you will get instant access to Module 1 of the program which will provide you with an introduction and orientation to the program. During Week 1, both Modules 1 and 2 will be available to you. During Week 2, you will have access to Modules 1, 2, and 3. During Week 2, you will have access to Modules 1, 2 and 3, and so forth.
You will receive and invitation to attend a weekly webinar where I will answer all of your questions related to the Module we are all working on that week. You may submit your questions in advance using the indicated link found in your course library area.
If you are unable to attend the live webinar, not to worry! A recording of the webinar will be posted in the area where your course materials will be.
The time of the webinar and an invitation to attend will be shared in the program.
if you're unhappy with the program, you can receive a 14-day money back guarantee. Simply send me an email explaining what you are unhappy with about the program and I will process your refund. So there's no risk!
Of course! See the quick run down of all you get in the program below.
If you said “yes” to at least 4 of the above, I can’t wait to meet you inside Building Your Online Course: A Blueprint For Success.
Total Value: $2,238