- The Center for Online & Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies
- Office of Instructional & Research Technology
- Digital Classroom Services
Workshops are free for all faculty teaching at Rutgers University.
- Fundamentals of Designing and Teaching Online Courses: When challenged to create and deliver an online or hybrid version of a course, instructors face dozens of choices all of which will affect the outcomes of the course for both their students and themselves. This course is designed to provide a base of technical and pedagogical information to help instructors make sense of the scope and impact of their decisions when developing and teaching their own courses. We will be reviewing both the process of creating course materials from the introductory emails through the final reflection activities as well as strategies for effective facilitation of these kinds of courses. This course is designed for beginners and is applicable for all LMS-delivered courses.
- Absorb, do, connect - Technologies to present, experience, and collaborate: This course, based on the Community of Inquiry framework, will utilize several approaches to enable participants to experience and explore technologies used for instruction and strategies for their effective integration. We will cover such topics as recording lectures and presentations, supporting student collaborative work, incorporation of multimedia, and establishing policies and practices to create a community of learners.
- Assessment for online and hybrid courses: Assessment is one of the foundations for the support of modern educational institutions. With the shift to online and hybrid courses, many instructors are being asked to review what their course assessments need to accomplish to aid students in reaching their educational goals as well as aiding colleges and universities in reaching institutional goals. This course visits a wide range of assessment topics including perspectives on assessment practices as reflected in federal and state education policy, setting appropriate goals and methods for assessing those goals, direct and indirect assessment, and the creation of program assessments.
- Accesibility and compliance in online education: This course introduces to online learning educators basic concepts, issues, approaches, strategies, beneficiaries, and resources with regard to the creation and delivery of online courses that are accessible to all students, including those with disabilities.
- Online Course Design and Pedagogy: Discussion of instructional models, teaching practices, assessment strategies as well as an overview of technical tools widely used for online and hybrid courses.
- Incorporating Web 2.0 Tools: Overview of different interactive technologies to use with students in online and hybrid courses to improve acquisition and retention of new knowledge and skills. Review includes wikis, blogs, and podcasts as well as newer social media tools such as Twitter and Google Plus.
- Strategies for Effective Threaded Discussions: Threaded discussions are one of the most frequently used tools for online and hybrid course activities. This workshop reviews some strategies for keeping threaded discussions engaging and lively while meeting the objectives of the course.
- Class Live (Elluminate) Training: Presents an overview of Class Live (Elluminate), a web-based synchronous real-time online learning and collaboration suite of tools providing for one-way video, audio-conferencing, chat, whiteboard and application sharing.
- Google Sites for Class Communication: Focusing on meeting the need for classes to integrate richer interactions with their material and participants, this workshop reviews a range of tools that Google Sites provide for collaborative efforts.
- Intermediate Learning Studio (eCollege): Hands-on, specific assistance in building your course, both in terms of the techniques and sound pedagogical methods. Attendance at Overview session is not a required prerequisite but is strongly suggested. Registrants, however, must have secured an eCollege course management shell to develop in and bring with them content material (via laptop, flash drive, CD, etc.).
Founded in 1988, the Teaching Assistant Project (TAP) is a multi-tiered initiative designed to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate education at Rutgers, New Brunswick, through the professional development of the graduate student teaching staff. TAP is, by necessity, a flexible endeavor, working to meet the changing needs of teaching assistants. The fundamental components upon which this project is built include the annual orientation, certificate programs and special issues seminars, web-based publications, and discipline-specific training.
Working in partnership with Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies, we are creating a third interdisciplinary course in college teaching that will examine and prepare graduate students to teach online and hybrid courses. In this course, students will have the opportunity to learn the theoretical, pedagogical, and practical issues involved in teaching online and hybrid courses. At the end of the course, students will have a class that they will be able to offer at other institutions or, should the opportunity arise, they may be able to offer the course through their own departments or the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies. Students will be taught the various technological options available to them and will become acquainted with multiple software packages that support online and hybrid courses.
Most of this seminar, which is open to doctoral students only, will be conducted online, however, the class will meet in person three times during the semester in Scott Hall 103, CAC.
Special permission numbers become available in November.
For further information or to receive a special permission number, please contact the TA Project.
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology provides coordination for use of information technology throughout the university community in support of instruction and research. As part of the Office of Information Technology, OIRT can meet with departments to review research and instructional IT services at Rutgers.
- Technology in the Classroom Workshops and Sakai Trainings
- Tools for Education & Learning: These documents contain information about a variety of tools and services available to the Rutgers community and the public. The documents are focused on how the tools can be used in an educational setting and how to get started using them.
- Course Materials Support: The OIRT offers one-on-one assistance for faculty in creating and maintaing course materials, including lecture materials, assignments, tests, and more. They specialize in employing classroom technologies. To learn more about course design techniques, try some of their quick guides:
- Guides for creating online and hybrid courses
- Sakai Training and Information Sessions
Digital Classroom Services creates and supports instructional technology in the Rutgers-New Brunswick general purpose classrooms. They provide presentation technology that support a wide range of pedagogic approaches. Their technology is designed to engage students through several methods, including computer-based presentation, high-definition film screening, and projection of camera-captured demonstrations. DCS technology is also designed to help instructors overcome the challenges of teaching large classes through technologies such as voice amplification and multiple screen projection. Whatever the teaching style, DCS strives to implement technology that makes the classroom experience exhilarating and personal.
DCS holds workshops that are open to all members of the Rutgers community. Workshops include training sessions in which attendees get hands on experience using classroom technology. DCS also offers information sessions in which their staff demonstrates emerging pedagogic technologies, giving faculty a chance to learn about the latest trends and experience them first hand. Workshops typically last approximately half-hour, with time afterwards devoted to questions and hands-on assistance.