How to Teach Online

Online education is literally exploding. Do you want to know how to teach online? This course shows you how!

Introduction

A survey conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group regarding online learning showed that the number of students enrolled in one or more online courses was nearly 7 million in 2011. This was more than a half million increase over 2010. At the college level, 32 percent of students are taking at least one online course.

As online education literally explodes, the issue facing the education system is that teaching online is not the same as teaching face to face. If you’re a teacher, be it home school, public school, Bible study teacher, or someone who teaches a special skill or subject, you know this.

The question for many people wishing to transition to teaching in a virtual classroom is a very simple one: How do I do an effective job of teaching online?

That’s the question this course is designed to answer. In this course, University of Phoenix Advanced Certified Online Instructor David Lantz walks you through the teaching strategies being used by the best online college instructors to teach in an asynchronous online course.

Lesson Materials

A total of 17 video lessons divided between 3 course modules constitute the core of the learning materials. These videos are recorded power point presentations converted to video designed to emphasize key learning objectives. Additionally, each module is accompanied by an ebook (PDF) designed to round out the video presentations. Each module is introduced and concluded by a video of the course creator, David Lantz.

A fourth module, Next Steps, concludes the course, and offers several other resources the student may wish to take advantage of.

Depending on the pace of the online learner, one should plan to spend about four hours going through the materials.

Course Organization

The course is divided into three modules. The first module, Creating a Culture of Self- Discipline Online, is designed to help you learn how to motivate your students to develop the self-discipline required to learn in the online environment. This module is, in turn subdivided into three parts.

  • Learning Modality and Student Motivation
  • Establishing Participation Expectations
  • Building an Online Community

The second module, Managing the Online Classroom, recognizes that online facilitation involves three basic areas of focus: organizational, social, and intellectual. The instructor, therefore, should see his or her role as being that as a facilitator of online learning, rather than simply the “Sage on the Stage.” This module is also subdivided into three parts.

  • Socratic Teaching: How to Teach by Asking Questions
  • It’s ALL About What you Say and How You Say It
  • Online Interaction: Best Practices

The third module, Preparing to Teach in the Flipped Classroom, examines the trend of having the student access the “lecture” via video/online instruction created by the instructor or another educator before coming to a face to face class. The role of the classroom teacher changes from Lecturer to Mentor. Rather than spending time teaching in class, the instructor uses learning-based activities. Doing this effectively requires the teacher to put a lot of effort into his/her course preparation up front. This module delivers the following three sessions:

  • Enabling Your Students to Learn 24/7/365
  • Creating Your On Demand Unidirectional Materials
  • Exploring an Asynchronous Learning Management Classroom.

Why Take This Course

The explosion in online learning requires educators who know how to teach online. Key research findings about student learning in the online classroom underscore the importance of having instructors who can manage the online classroom to insure that students learn. Online facilitation involves three basic areas of focus: organizational, social, and intellectual. How to Teach in the Online Classroom 24/7/365 covers all three of these aspects of online instruction to prepare you to teach online.

About David Lantz

Hello, my name is David Lantz. I’ve been teaching online at the college level since 2004. I was voted Faculty of the Year by the first graduating class of the Indianapolis Campus of the University of Phoenix. In May of 2012, I was awarded that school’s Advanced Facilitator Certification. In addition to teaching online for University of Phoenix, I teach for 3 other schools on such subjects as statistics, economics, ecommerce, and public relations. Five years ago, I set about the process of showing others how to teach online. I worked with my first pilot group of 8 students over a four week period to demonstrate best practice techniques for online, asynchronous teaching. With Udemy’s powerful online course delivery system, I now have a way to take what we did in that prototype class and demonstrate the art of online instruction via video and downloadable text instruction.

Welcome to my course!

Intended Audience: distance education

How to Teach Online 24/7/365
Course Syllabus
Accessing Course Materials
Course Outline
An Introduction to the Module: Creating a Culture of Self-Discipline Online
E-book for Creating a Culture of Self Discipline
Learning Modality and Student Motivation
Establishing Participation Expectations
Building an Online Community
Conclusion to Creating Discipline Module
Introduction to Module: Managing the Online Classroom
Managing the Online Classroom Ebook
Socratic Teaching: Avoid Being the Sage on the Stage
Online Interaction: It's ALL About Technique and Tone
Online Interaction: Best Practices
Discussion Questions Example
Conclusion to Managing the Online Classroom
Introduction to Preparing to Teach in the Flipped Classroom
Preparing to Teach in the Flipped Classroom Ebook
Enabling Your Students to Learn 24 / 7 / 365
Creating Your "On Demand" Unidirectional Materials
Navigating the Online Discussion Forum
Conclusion to Teaching in the Flipped Classroom
Next Steps
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Seeing Things from the Other Side

Vanh Vue , 1 year ago

Great course! The information is presented in a clear and concise manner, making it easy to follow. I enjoy learning about the different aspects that go into creating and maintaining a good online course. I was able to apply some of the things I learned in my own course projects, so that is an added bonus.

Learning is Perpetual

Neisa Jenkins , 2 years ago

This course is excellent. There are so many things to consider when preparing to teach online. Thank you for this valuable resource.

What's included

  • 17 Video Lessons
  • 8 Text Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

David Lantz

Instructor

I have always enjoyed being a teacher. I have taught adult Sunday School classes and small group bible studies for the last twenty years. Outside of the Bible, I am an Adjunct Professor of Business Management and Economics for the University of Phoenix, Indiana Wesleyan University, and several other Indiana colleges, including Ivy Tech. I teach both online and face to face courses. I was named the 2005 Faculty of the Year by the first graduating class of the Indianapolis Campus of the University of Phoenix.  

I've developed my courses with an eye to creating a story around which to present my content.  This  is called "Story Centric Teaching."  I invite you to review my courses and preview selected lessons.  

I look forward to having you as one of my students!