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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.

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. It builds upon the pedagogical foundation established in Online Teaching Essentials. 

Please visit Preparation to Teach Online to learn more and register for the above courses.

Spring 2020 Workshops 

Course Design Fundamentals 

Presenter: Ian August, Tara King, Gina Robinson, Yi Zhang 

When: April 21, 1:50 - 3:15 pm

Description to come . . . 

Fall 2019 Events - Workshops Have Passed

Online Student Engagement 

Presenter: Yi Zhang

Student engagement refers to students’ level of interest in the topic being taught--including their interaction with the content, instructor, and peers--and their motivation to learn and progress through the course. Student engagement is essential to effective online learning. This workshop presents ideas for increasing and ensuring a higher level of student engagement in online courses. Expected workshop goals and outcomes are:

  • Build online presence (with content, instructor and peers) 
  • Provide active learning opportunities
  • Make learning more social
  • Provide timely and useful feedback
  • Tap into the power of digital technologies 

Effective Use of Video in an Online Course

Presenter: Gina Robinson

Using video in your course, especially in an online course, can be a very effective way to engage students, create a sense of instructor presence, and help students better understand difficult concepts.  This workshop will show you how to get started with incorporating video into your course.  

Topics covered include:

  • Why create videos for your students
  • Types of videos you can create
  • Preparing for filming
  • University-supported filming/video tools
  • Making videos available to students