Online Teaching Toolkit

CETL Online Teaching Toolkit

The CETL Online Teaching Toolkit is intended to aid faculty in transitioning in-residence class sessions to an online setting. While inclement weather, health concerns, or conference travel can cause faculty to cancel a class session, it is helpful to also plan for a situation in which faculty may be absent or the campus is closed for an elongated period and instruction needs to continue as smoothly as possible.

Doing so effectively involves more than simply posting materials online. There are several ways to keep learning active and encourage student engagement. You likely already use several of the strategies described, especially if you teach online.

Please consult the Distance Learning Remote Strategies page for additional information and strategies for using Desire2Learn to facilitate remote learning and the HR Professional and Organizational Development Resources for Working from Home for additional resources.

The CETL Online Teaching Toolkit includes the resources below: discussion forums, instructional pages, and synchronous online workshops. Navigate by by clicking the links directly below or from the Online Teaching Toolkit tab near the top of the site.

Note on Qualifications for Teaching Fall 2020 Online

For faculty seeking training in online teaching to be qualified, per the MOA, to teach Fall 2020 online, the training to complete is the upcoming Quality Matters (QM) 2-part training. ECC will pay for the cost of this training for any faculty needing it to qualify for online teaching. The QM trainings are likely to start mid-July. Distance Learning will send dates and registration information when dates are confirmed.

The resources in the CETL Online Toolkit are intended to support faculty with guidance and suggestions. Faculty seeking training for qualifications should complete the Quality Matters training.

*NOTE: For information on preventing unwanted participants in a Zoom session, see the Holding Real-Time Virtual Classes page.

An online forum to post questions

A space to share practices you're using and resources you've found

An archive of emails sent to faculty from the Vice President of TLSD

Strategies for designing an online course

Suggestions for communicating remotely

Technology information and suggestions for recording content

Information on technology platforms and practices for live online sessions

Tips for creating online discussions

Resources for collecting and grading assignments

Approaches to Holding Office Hours Online

Tips for writing texA collection of announcements from ECC student support offices and links to external resourcestual instructions



NOTE: While online and hybrid courses may be familiar to you and to your students, switching to remote and online teaching due to campus closures is likely to create uncertainty for you as a teacher and for your students. As with regularly scheduled teaching, it’s important to try things out, acknowledge challenges, and continue to communicate with your students and with your colleagues.

If you have questions or would like additional resources, please contact Tyler Roeger, Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, at troeger@elgin.edu, or Tim Moore, Associate Dean for Instructional Improvement & Distance Learning, at tmoore@elgin.edu.

Summer 2020 Workshops and Classes on Online Teaching and Remote Learning


Techniques for Managing the Enhanced Classroom

May 19- June 26 (Online)Course Code CFD 300 770Facilitator: Tammy Ray (Instructional Technology & Distance Learning)
The purpose of this course is to introduce educators to developing a course blueprint, Web-design consistency, communications tools, and setting up a gradebook. A general overview of Desire2Learn (D2L) will be provided. This course will provide educators with valuable resources and important skills needed to develop and manage an enhanced course effectively. The course is instructor-led, six-weeks long, and fully online. All discussions and activities are asynchronous. Thus, participants will have an opportunity to experience learning at a distance in an online environment.
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May 19- June 29 (Online)Course Code CFD 300 774Facilitator: Tammy Ray (Instructional Technology & Distance Learning)

Online Instruction and Assessment Practices

June 30- August 24 (Online)Course Code CFD 300 776Facilitator: Tammy Ray (Instructional Technology & Distance Learning)
The purpose of this course is to introduce educators to instructional design, communications tools, using group work online, creating interactive content, and deciding upon online assessment items. This course will provide educators with valuable resources and important skills needed to develop and teach an online course effectively. The course is instructor-led, eight-weeks long, and fully-online. All discussions and activities are asynchronous. Thus, participants will have an opportunity to experience learning at a distance in an online environment.
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June 30- August 24 (Online)Course Code CFD 300 777Facilitator: Tammy Ray (Instructional Technology & Distance Learning)
May 19- July 13 (Online)Course Code CFD 300 771Facilitator: Tammy Ray (Instructional Technology & Distance Learning)
June 30- August 24 (Online)Course Code CFD 300 772Facilitator: Tammy Ray (Instructional Technology & Distance Learning)

Creating Engaging Recorded Lectures

Wednesday, July 8 1:00- 2:00pmCourse Code: CFD 403 100Facilitators: Chasity Gunn (English); Dan Kernler (Math)

Recording short lectures is one way to provide instruction in online courses. This synchronous workshop will feature suggestions for design lectures with student engagement in mind and will demonstrate some tools for recording audio or video go along with slides. Whether you are very confident with recording lectures already or are brand new to it, you are invited to participate.
A link to join this online session via Zoom will be sent to everyone registered prior to the session. The session will be recorded and made available to everyone at ECC via the CETL site following the initial date.

Facilitating Asynchronous Active Learning

Thursday, July 16 10:00- 11:00am Course Code: CFD 408 100Facilitators: Ryan Kerr (English); Angelika Stachnik (Medical Imaging)
This synchronous workshop will focus on approaches to creating and facilitating asynchronous online discussions and supporting students in other asynchronous collaborative work. The goal is for all faculty in attendance to leave the session with ideas for facilitating discussion and the knowledge behind the types of discussions to use in different contexts.
A link to join this online session via Zoom will be sent to everyone registered prior to the session. The session will be recorded and made available to everyone at ECC via the CETL site following the initial date.

Academic Integrity: Preventing and Responding to Cheating

Wednesday, July 22 1:00- 2:00pm Course Code: CFD 404 100 Facilitators: Abby Bailey (Math); Kellen Bolt (English); John Long (Student Success & Judicial Affairs); Tyler Roeger (CETL)
Maintaining academic integrity can be a major concern in teaching and can be exacerbated in online teaching. This synchronous workshop focuses on ways to design or redesign assignments to prevent plagiarism and cheating. By considering the most common reasons that students cheat as well as assignment design rather than monitoring technology, this workshop takes a preventative and holistic approach. We will discuss assignment design approaches for various disciplines with the goal of all faculty leaving with ideas for how to design or redesign their own assignments.
A link to join this online session via Zoom will be sent to everyone registered prior to the session. The session will be recorded and made available to everyone at ECC via the CETL site following the initial date.

Leading Synchronous Online Lessons

Week of July 27- 31 (Exact Date and Time to be Announced) Course Code : CFD 413 100 (Registration opening soon) Facilitators: Tyler Roeger (CETL); Colleen Stribling (English as a Second Language)
This synchronous workshop will discuss strategies for leading and facilitating synchronous class sessions. The session will detail strategic approaches that might be used on any online platform and will detail particular technical features of using Zoom.
A link to join this online session via Zoom will be sent to everyone registered prior to the session. The session will be recorded and made available to everyone at ECC via the CETL site following the initial date.

ePortfolios as a Teaching tool

Week of August 3-7 (Exact Date and Time to be Announced) Course Code: CFD 405 100 (Registration opening soon) Facilitators: Laurie Roberts (Career Services); Tyler Roeger (CETL)
Electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) are an approach to designing and collecting assignments that, among other benefits, encourages student self-reflection and emphasizes employability. This synchronous workshop will explore several of the benefits of using ePortfolios for any discipline or course level and will feature a panel of faculty who will discuss and show their experience with using ePortfolios in their courses and programs.
A link to join this online session via Zoom will be sent to everyone registered prior to the session. The session will be recorded and made available to everyone at ECC via the CETL site following the initial date.


Registering for Workshops

To register for CETL workshops, go to the accessECC Portal, and on the "Self-Service Menu" box, select "Continuing Ed Registration" -> "Continuing Ed Registration" -> "Register and Pay for Continuing Education Classes." In the "Course Code Number" box, enter the specific course code provided in the semester CETL booklet or search "CFD" to bring up all courses. Select the workshops you'd like to register for and click "Submit." From there, follow the commands to finish registering. All courses are free of charge.

For joining synchronous workshops via Zoom, registered participants will receive information the day before the workshop. Space is limited, so all synchronous workshops will be recorded and recordings will be posted to this site.

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