The UWM Online and Blended Teaching Program (OBTP) assists instructors in transforming their course design for online and blended delivery, resulting in institutional diffusion of certificate and degree programs. The UWMLTC welcomes faculty and instructional staff who are interested in redesigning their courses for delivery as blended or as online to OBTP.
OBTP focuses on three key areas of course design in the blended and online environments: digital content, assessment, and interactivity. To gain knowledge of these main areas participants partake in presentations by program facilitators, demonstrations by experienced instructors of their online or blended courses, general group discussions by participants, face-to-face breakouts for small group work, course redesign assignments in both face-to-face and online environments, and facilitator and peer feedback on assignments. During the program these presentations, demonstrations, discussions, small group work, and redesign assignments focus on the major aspects of course redesign and transformation: course content, building online learning community, developing assessment plans, helping students, managing the course, and evaluating the course as depicted in the figure below.
The Online and Blended Teaching Program (OBTP) is a four-week blended program designed to assist UWM instructors in redesigning their courses for delivery in a blended or an online format. This program works with instructors in a backwards design framework to first develop learning objectives for their online or blended course before turning attention to defining assessments and developing activities, including digital course content.
Specific topics discussed over the course of the program include:
- Using backward design as a framework for redesigning online and blended courses
- Designing learning modules that focus on integrating course learning objectives with associated content, activities, and assessments
- Delivering digital content in our course management system, Desire2Learn (D2L)
- Developing effective activities and assessments for the online and blended environments
- Managing instructor workload when teaching online and blended courses
- Supporting your students and managing student expectations
- Evaluating your course through formative and summative assessments, as well as through student and peer feedback
An additional benefit of OBTP is that instructors have the opportunity to directly experience a course with a substantial online component as students would and are exposed to good examples of online and blended course design and teaching practices. As part of the faculty development program, instructors have the opportunity to work and interact with experienced online instructors. During this program, instructors not only learn more about online/blended approaches to teaching and learning, but also actually begin to design and produce the materials needed to teach their first online or blended course. Further, faculty leave the program with materials they can use in designing and teaching their first online course, including:
- a content delivery plan
- a learning module plan focused on course-specific learning objectives
- a completed learning module in a D2L site
- a course assessment plan
- a method to evaluate course redesign
- a strategy to support online or blended students
- practical tips to help faculty stay organized and manage their work load
Please contact Dylan Barth in CETL with questions or interest in participating in the Online and Blended Teaching Program.