Pivoting to Online Teaching: Research and Practitioner Perspectives

edX course helps educators navigate the expedited move to online teaching and learning

This course explores research-informed effective practices for online teaching and learning in postsecondary institutions, providing faculty and staff with guidance on how to pivot existing courses online while enhancing student success and engagement.

Though intended for postsecondary instructors, much is adaptable and applicable for secondary online instruction as well.

About this course

In this course, participants will explore research-informed, effective practices for online teaching and learning in postsecondary institutions. By enrolling, you will learn practical ways to quickly move into teaching online, guided by top scholars and practitioners in the field. Each week, you will watch videos and read articles by online learning experts and participate in activities and discussions covering critical topics that will make the online environment a rich learning experience for your students. The instructors will host live sessions each week, and synthesize relevant resources to help those who are new to online learning and those who have experience, but want to expand their skills and provide support for others. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, share practices that have worked well in online learning environments, and receive feedback on your teaching and learning plans.

Given recent global developments related to COVID-19, colleges and universities have rapidly shifted to move teaching online. For faculty and staff that have not taught online before, this can be a challenging experience. Fortunately, there is a rich research base, dating back over sixty years, that provides insight and guidance on the key factors that enable successful learning online. This course will support the pivot to online learning by exploring the scientific literature as well as practical actions that enable online success and equitable outcomes for all learners.

What you’ll learn

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Develop a framework for rapidly moving from face-to-face to online teaching
  • Identify and use a range of content creation technologies that support presenting curriculum online
  • Foster interaction online and promote deep engagement between students
  • Implement mindsets of success, supporting students to create and share artifacts of their learning, develop their ideas collaboratively with others, and practice self-regulatory skills through goal setting and success monitoring
  • Plan the return to classroom teaching by adopting the best of the online environment to support in-class learning
  • Discover and use tools and technologies that enable you to perform common classroom actions online, such as assessment, demonstrations, and learning analytics

Syllabus

Week 0: Preparing for the Course
Week 1: Getting Started Quickly
Week 2: Content Creation
Week 3: Fostering Interaction
Week 4: Mindsets of Success
Week 5: Blended: Getting Back Into the Classroom