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Professional Development Opportunities

Structured faculty development opportunities include Online Teaching Essentials, a course designed to introduce online teaching; Advanced Online Teaching Strategies, which focuses on more complex course designs and pedagogies; and workshops for learning and improving specific skills. 

Online Teaching Essentials

St. John’s University’s Office of Online Learning and Services offers faculty members interested in teaching hybrid or fully online courses the opportunity to enroll in Online Teaching Essentials. This four-week, facilitated online course focuses on online course design and pedagogy. The course is facilitated by a current St. John’s University faculty member with considerable online teaching experience. Enrollment will be capped at 25 students per section.

Advanced Online Teaching Strategies 

Advanced Online Teaching Strategies (AOTS) is an optional, three-week facilitated online course designed for faculty who want to expand their knowledge and skills in the virtual classroom. The course is taught in a cohort learning model, meaning you will participate with other faculty in the same activities. It builds upon the pedagogical foundation established in Online Teaching Essentials. AOTS is taught by an active member of the St. John’s faculty chosen for their expertise in online teaching. Enrollment is capped at 20 to provide a highly personal learning experience.

Please visit Preparation to Teach Online to learn more and register for these courses

Additional Online Faculty Development Opportunities

Onboarding Online Students: A Tale of Success

The Office of Online Learning and Services presents a webinar in collaboration with the Division of Library and Information Science.

Join us as we discuss a new and innovative collaboration between an instructional designer and an academic support assistant to provide an online orientation for graduate students that is responsive, effective, and engaging. This webinar will include a presentation of our partnership and the resulting orientation, a student's perspective as well as time for questions and answers.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 1:50–2:50 p.m.

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Expand the Classroom Experience: Fostering Online Student Creativity

This webinar will explore a variety of learning activities and assessments (and a creative process to develop activites and assessments) that you can include in your online (or any) class to:

  • Bring real world experiences into the online learning environment
  • Support and promote student creativity
  • Expand the classroom experience from Blackboard (the online classroom) to local, regional, national, or international communities. 

Participants will investigate topics like authentic assessment, academic service learning, and more, that asks students to move from consumers of knowledge to producers. 

Participants will leave this webinar with the skills to creatively develop authentic academic service learning assignments, aligned with the Vincentian Mission, that have the potential to impact the world.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 10–11:30 p.m.

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