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Online and Hybrid Certification Course Syllabus

Garry Brand and Meegan Willi, Co-Facilitators
316 Main Building
616.234.3205
dlit@grcc.edu

About This Course

This course is designed to provide instructors with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver a high-quality online/hybrid course. Successful participants will also be able to teach effectively online through active facilitation and a variety of student engagement techniques and technologies. Training in Blackboard Basics (on the latest version of the LMS) is a prerequisite.

This is a six (6) week, rigorous course that includes weekly participation and assignment requirements. Please plan ahead to ensure you have the time to complete all of the required course activities. This training is much more than "Blackboard training", as it includes elements of instructional design and strategies for building, developing, sequencing, and delivering online content. When you are done, you will have a template for your online and/or hybrid course.

Each participant will read parts of the required textbook, participate in discussions, and complete learning activities designed to reinforce each topic. One of the greatest lessons you will probably get out of this experience is how it feels to be a student. You will be required to logon and attend, meet minimum standards for participation, and submit assignments. Communications will usually be asynchronous (not at the same time).

Enrollment in this course is through the Center for Teaching Excellence and includes a maximum number of 16 participants (based on the number of workstations in 351 Main). If a participant drops the course at any point throughout the course, they can re-enroll into another training session. However, they will be placed on a waitlist and only permitted to re-enroll if the course has not reached the maximum number (first-time participants who have met the prerequisites have priority). Re-enrolled participants will need to complete the entire course again.

Assignments

This course is six weeks long. Each week ends on Thursday at 11:59 p.m. (EST/EDT). You must complete the course, including the assignments for all six weeks, for certification. This includes the completion of your final presentation. Participants will:

  • Attend the campus session on Friday if they do not complete the previous week's assignments.
  • Watch a Camtasia Relay recording if they do not attend the campus session.
  • Complete all online assignments (e.g. reading, discussions, learning activities).
  • Post content to an empty/template course in Blackboard.
  • Complete assessments or self-assessments.
  • Make a final presentation and submit a course evaluation.

The campus sessions are typically on Friday, 1 - 2:30pm in 351 Main. This is a hybrid course (online course with some classroom instruction). However, you are not required to attend these campus sessions if the previous week's work is completed . Those who do not attend will watch a video of the campus session.

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Attendance

Regular attendance and participation is essential for learning. Attendance is measured by your presence in the online course, as well as the submission of assessments or other assigned work. Attendance is not the same as participation. Simply logging on does not contribute to the class. Participants may be dropped if they are absent more than one week online.

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Book

Essential Elements: Prepare, Design, and Teach Your Online Course by Bonnie Elbaum, Cynthia McIntyre, and Alese Smith. (Textbook provided at no cost to registered participants. You may pick up your copy in 308 Main or request that it be sent via interoffice mail to your office. Email us at teachexcellence@grcc.edu or call (616) 234-2278).

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Communication

When you e-mail your facilitators, please include a proper reference in the "subject" field, any message you are responding to, and your name. E-mail should be used for issues that are not appropriate for the whole class (e.g. questions about your grade, constructive criticism or personal issues). We will respond to your e-mail within 24 hours.

When you reply to a post on the discussion board, please use the "Quote" button. By doing this, you make the discussion easier to follow and help the facilitators evaluate your participation. If you feel it's an entirely new topic (related to the week's activities), start a new thread.

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Grading

To become certified, you must complete all requirements (including participation) and demonstrate proficiency by meeting all outcomes (including the final presentation). Here are the graded activities:

  • OHCC Orientation = Complete/Incomplete
  • Course Syllabus (Week One) = 25 points
  • Course Schedule (Week Two) = 25 points
  • Course Structure (Week Three) = 25 points
  • Course Content (Week Four) = 25 points
  • Welcome and Orientation (Week Five) = 25 points
  • Final Presentation (Week Six) = 75 points
  • Active Participation = 6 x 15 = 90 points

All graded activities are due by Thursday, 11:59pm (EST/EDT). You will receive an e-mail from your facilitators telling you when to check the "Grades" link. An announcement will also appear when grades are updated. Expect grades before the Friday campus session (e.g. Week One ends on Thursday and we would go over grading at the Week Two campus session). It takes time to go through each template and provide meaningful feedback.

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Participation

Participation is crucial to your learning and success in this course. Participation is defined as posting a message to the weekly discussion board forum at least 3 out of 7 DAYS each week. Your posts could be in response to the learning activities (facilitators will get you started with a thread), as well as your own questions or comments about the weekly material. Participation does not include e-mails, or posts to the “Questions” forum. Make sure to logon often to avoid becoming overwhelmed by the number of posts. Weekly participation points are awarded based on the quantity and quality of your posts. The following rubric will be used for participation evaluation:

15 Participation Points

  • The participant consistently posted insightful comments and questions that prompted on-topic discussion.
  • The participant consistently helped clarify or synthesize the ideas of peers.
  • The participant stated his or her disagreement or objections clearly, yet politely.
  • The participant replied to questions or prompts from a peer or facilitator.
  • The participant posted at least 3 out of 7 DAYS per week.

10 Participation Points

  • The participant was notably lacking in one or two of the items listed above.
  • The participant consistently had to be prompted or coaxed to participate.
  • The participant usually, but not always, expressed herself or himself clearly.
  • The participant posted at least 2 out of 7 DAYS per week.

5 Participation Points

  • The participant was consistently lacking in two or more of the items listed above.
  • The participant was extremely reluctant to participate, even when prompted.
  • The participant rarely expressed himself or herself clearly.
  • The participant posted at least 1 out of 7 DAYS per week.

0 Participation Points

  • The participant frequently attempted to draw the discussion off-topic.
  • The participant was rude or abusive to other course participants.
  • The participant consistently failed or refused to participate at all, even when specifically prompted or questioned.
  • The participant posted 0 out of 7 DAYS per week.

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Topics

The following topics are addressed in this certification (see Weekly Schedule for timing and links to the course outcomes):

  • Online and Hybrid Course Syllabus
  • Online and Hybrid Course Schedule
  • Accessible Online Content
  • Copyright Compliance
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Consistency in Course Design
  • Academic Integrity and Authentication
  • Building Online Community
  • Facilitating Online and Hybrid Learning
  • Preparing the Online Learner
  • GRCC Online Course Development Process
  • GRCC Student Support Services
  • Online Course Quality

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Weekly Schedule

Week One

Prepare Your Online/Hybrid Syllabus

  • Identify differences between campus, online and hybrid syllabi.
  • Use a template, institutional and course policies to draft a syllabus.
  • Post online/hybrid syllabus in your Blackboard template course.

Campus (Friday)*

  1. Review Orientation
  2. Preview Week One

Online (Friday - Thursday)

  1. Read Essential Elements 4-6.
  2. Discuss Essential Elements 4-6.
  3. Draft Syllabus and Get Feedback.
  4. Add Syllabus to Template.
  5. Reply to “Checking In.”
  6. Submit Self-Assessment.

Week Two

Prepare Your Online/Hybrid Schedule

  • Use template, CARP and academic calendar to outline your course.
  • Identify assignments & deadlines for your online course schedule.
  • Post online/hybrid schedule in your Blackboard template course.

Campus (Friday)*

  1. Review Week One
  2. Preview Week Two

Online (Friday - Thursday)

  1. Read Essential Elements 1-3.
  2. Discuss Essential Elements 1-3.
  3. Draft Schedule and Get Feedback.
  4. Add Schedule to Template.
  5. Reply to "Checking In!"
  6. Submit Self-Assessment.

Week Three

Organize Your Online/Hybrid Course

  • Draft a plan for how your online or hybrid course will be organized.
  • Identify appropriate content that will be added to your template.
  • Organize menu and content areas in your template course.

Campus (Friday)*

  1. Review Week Two
  2. Preview Week Three

Online (Friday - Thursday)

  1. Read Essential Elements 7–9.
  2. Discuss Essential Elements 7–9.
  3. Instructional Design & Copyright.
  4. Add Structure to Template.
  5. Reply to “Checking In.”
  6. Submit Self-Assessment.

Week Four

Build Your Online/Hybrid Course

  • Create appropriate content to address and assess the outcome.
  • Add your week/module to the template course.
  • Build in opportunities for interaction and collaboration.

Campus (Friday)*

  1. Review Week Three
  2. Preview Week Four

Online (Friday - Thursday)

  1. Read Essential Elements 10–12.
  2. Discuss Essential Elements 10–12.
  3. Build Content & Universal Design.
  4. Add Content to Template.
  5. Reply to “Checking In.”
  6. Submit Self-Assessment.

Week Five

Prepare Your Online/Hybrid Course and Students

  • Ensure course content and tools are accessible.
  • Ensure students have access to academic and technical support.
  • Welcome and prepare the learner for your online course.

Campus (Friday)*

  1. Review Week Four
  2. Preview Week Five

Online (Friday - Thursday)

  1. Read Essential Elements 13–15.
  2. Discuss Essential Elements 13–15.
  3. Accessibility & Student Support.
  4. Add Welcome and Orientation.
  5. Reply to “Checking In.”
  6. Submit Self-Assessment.

Week Six

Teach Your Online/Hybrid Course

  • Engage the online and hybrid learner.
  • Facilitate the online and hybrid course.
  • Assess student learning and provide feedback.

Campus (Friday)*

  1. Review Week Five
  2. Preview Week Six

Online (Friday - Thursday)

  1. Read Essential Elements 16–17.
  2. Discuss Essential Elements 16–17.
  3. Facilitating Online Learning.
  4. Post Final Presentation.**
  5. Reply to "Checking Out!"
  6. Submit Course Evaluation.

Campus Presentations (Friday)*

* Campus sessions are optional for those who complete the prior week's assignments. All are encouraged to attend when possible!

** Participants will learn how to record their final presentation with Camtasia Relay. The presentation will be an informal review of the template constructed during the certification. The criteria for evaluating the template can be found in the Interactive Rubric.

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