OBTP Communities of Practice

The Online and Blended Teaching Program (OBTP) Communities of Practice (CoP) project aims to develop spaces for instructors to share knowledge, experience, and practices teaching online and blended/hybrid courses at UWM. Led by experienced online and blended/hybrid instructors, OBTP Communities of Practice will promote pedagogical innovation and effectiveness that result in improved course quality and greater student success.

All funding for the OBTP Communities of Practice project comes from a UW System Online Learning Initiative grant.

There are two ways to be involved in an OBTP Community of Practice:

Participant

Any UWM instructor who is teaching one or more online or blended/hybrid courses in Fall 2020 may apply to be a Participant in an OBTP Community of Practice. Participants should expect to engage in meaningful dialogue about their experiences teaching their online and blended/hybrid course and to exchange feedback about assignments and activities. Although the Community of Practice will likely benefit all their teaching, Participants will select one Fall 2020 course that they’ll be teaching in an online or blended format and that they’d like to explore in the CoP for more sustained reflection and peer review.

Participants in an OBTP Community of Practice will:

  • Complete the OBTP Badge of Completion by August 31, 2020
  • Participate in one-hour, online synchronous meetings every two weeks during Fall 2020
  • Complete online asynchronous activities, which may include peer review and discussions
  • Complete brief pre- and post-program surveys
  • Complete a final reflection describing how the Community of Practice informed their teaching in Fall 2020

Upon successful completion of all requirements, Participants will receive a stipend of $400.

Coach

Any UWM instructor who has earned the Certificate in Online and Blended Teaching may apply to be a Coach for an OBTP Community of Practice. Coaches should expect to lead a group of 10-15 Participants in meaningful discussions of online and blended/hybrid pedagogical practices and to give feedback on Participants’ assignments and activities. To support the work of Coaches, CETL will provide an optional curriculum that includes suggested readings, activities, discussion prompts, agendas, and scheduling.

Coaches in an OBTP Community of Practice will:

  • Facilitate one-hour, online synchronous meetings every two weeks during Fall 2020
  • Participate in and provide feedback for online asynchronous activities
  • Model effective pedagogical strategies and technology tools for online and blended/hybrid teaching

Upon successful completion of all requirements, Coaches will receive a stipend of $400.

Selection Process

Instructors with all levels of experience teaching online and blended/hybrid courses may apply to be a Participant in an OBTP Community of Practice. OBTP Communities will be generally organized by disciplinary background and by instructor experience teaching online and blended/hybrid courses.

While any instructor who has received the Certificate in Online and Blended Teaching may apply to be a Coach, priority will be given to those who have been reviewers for the Certificate in Online and Blended Teaching. Instructors who apply to be a Coach but are not selected will automatically be added to the application pool of Participants.

Apply

Please complete the following form by Monday, August 10 to apply to be a Participant or a Coach. Thank you for your interest!