Online Mini-Courses

Online Mini-Courses are facilitated online courses, ranging from five to fourteen days in duration, designed for any UA instructor, and offered through D2L.

 

The mini-courses engage enrollees in learning about and experimenting with strategies and tools that they can apply in their own courses. Enrollees can expect to devote 30 minutes to one hour a day to completing the activities in a mini-course. We recommend that instructors enroll in one mini-course at a time, in order to increase the likelihood that they complete the mini-course.


The available mini-courses are:

  • Creating Communities in Online Courses

    • Participants in this fully online five-day mini-course will conceptualize community in online environments while exploring tools, techniques, and activities that support student-to-student and student-to-instructor connectedness. Topics will include personalized learning, social networks, synchronous meetings and collaborative learning. Through the completion of activities, participants will be able to design activities and create materials that will support the development of communities within their online courses.

  • Collaborative Learning

    • In this three-week, hybrid mini-course, participants will learn about, plan, and practice using evidence-based, active and collaborative learning strategies for teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. The course includes online activities and three, two-hour in-person meetings, one meeting scheduled during each of the three weeks of the course.
  • Course Development

    • This 14-day online mini-course introduces tools and best practices for effective course design, applicable both to creating new courses and revising existing ones, be it from in-person to online formats, or from a 16-week schedule to an accelerated one.
  • Course-Level Assessment

    • This five-day online mini-course introduces assessment strategies and techniques that can be implemented at the course level to measure student learning, course design, and teaching practices.
  • Designing Effective Writing Assignments and Rubrics

    • Participants in this 5-day mini-course will learn strategies to design (or redesign) a writing assignment for maximizing student engagement and success. This mini-course is paired with a face-to-face workshop focusing on developing a fair, effective, and efficient rubric for your assignment. To maximize learning and interactions with peers, please plan to participate in both parts of the mini-course.

  • Effective Online Discussions

    • This five-day mini-course introduces strategies for designing and facilitating effective online discussions that expand student exposure to curriculum, deepen learning, and increase student engagement. 
  • Introduction to Teaching Online

    • In this 14-day mini-course, participants will experience taking an online course while learning about methods, tools, and best practices for teaching hybrid and fully online courses.
  • Teaching a Large Online Course

    • ​​​​​This five-day mini-course introduces instructional strategies and techniques for teaching large fully online courses. It will focus on instructional practices that engage and motivate students in large classes as well as introduce strategies for effectively managing administrative tasks such as monitoring student progress and conducting assessments. 
  • VoiceThread: Multimedia Presenting, Engaging, and Assessing Online

    • VoiceThread allows students to post online with voice, video, and text. This five-day mini-course provides an overview of its use for instruction.

To register for an upcoming mini-course, click on the Workshops & Classes link on the left. Registration information for any open mini-courses will be listed there. 

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