Teaching Online – Strategies and Tips

 July 11 - Aug. 8, 2016


Dr. Joseph  Zisk


Non-credit online course:

Course description

This is a four week online course for educators who want to learn about effective online teaching.  The course provides a model of online instruction and the participants will practice online teaching strategies, course design and assessment strategies.  The course is recommended for educators who are or will be teaching online courses.  The course introduces strategies and tips in designing and teaching an online course.

Course requirements

·         Internet connection (high speed)

·         Some of the content may require FLASH and JAVA software; therefore not all content will be accessible via mobile devices.

·         Recommended readings will be provided

·         Speakers or headphones and external microphone, or headset with microphone

·         Able to use e-mail and e-mail attachments

·         Able to read and save files as  .doc, .rtf, .or pdf

Course Learning Outcomes

·         Examine the advantages and disadvantages of online learning.

·         Explain the importance of aligning course objectives, course activities, and assessments.

·         Develop and present content in ways to promote student engagement.

·         Develop student-centered learning activities.

·         Apply effective strategies for assessing students’ work.

·         Describe various strategies to effectively teach online

·         Describe various resources available for online teaching and course development.

Course topics

1.       An introduction to online teaching and learning

2.       The aligning of course objectives, course activities, and assessments

3.       Instructional strategies and student-centered activities

4.       Community building, threaded discussions, synchronous/asynchronous interaction

5.       Online Assessment and instructor feedback

6.       Course management and learning management systems

7.       Content authoring and hosting solutions via Softchalk

8.       Project – create a course outline or being course development*

* Final project

Joseph Zisk, Ed.D.
Professor/Teaching and Learning Center Director
Department of Secondary Education & Administrative Leadership
250 University Ave
California University of Pennsylvania
California PA 15419

SoftChalk’s Innovators in Online Learning is teaming up with Professor Joe Zisk to bring you a summer course with an awesome opportunity to learn strategies and tips for teaching online. This four week online course for educators will explore everything from aligning course objectives, instructional strategies and student-centered activities to active integration with learning management systems.

Course Facilitator Background

Joseph Zisk, Ed.D. has experience in online course development and teaching.  In addition, he was a high school science teacher and recipient of several teaching awards.  He was a K-12 technology supervisor and led a community-wide action plan to implement computer technology in the district’s teaching and learning.   He is currently a university professor where he has received the Faculty Professional Development Technology Award and the University President Faculty Service Award.  Joe has conducted workshops and he has presented at conferences about strategies in teaching in online.  He has an Advanced Online Teaching Certificate from the nationally recognized Online Learning Consortium (formerly The Sloan Consortium). His area of interest is using instructional videos and in using audio/video feedback to students.  He is a Quality Matters reviewer and had QM course recognition. Currently, he is the director of the university Teaching and Learning Center and teaches online courses.  As director of the Teaching and Learning Center, Dr. Zisk provides and coordinates training for faculty.

For more info and registration

J. Zisk updated 6-6-2016