E1 Online Instructor Orientation

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Regional E-Campus' E1: Online Faculty Orientation is specifically designed to assist faculty who are new to online learning and/or Miami University Regionals E-Campus to begin development technical skills and pedagogy using Miami University E-Campus tools and processes to provide high-quality online learning experiences.

Throughout E1, faculty and instructors have the opportunity to:

  • explore e-learning best practices
  • navigate MU's learning management system (Canvas)
  • develop course delivery success strategies suitable for the online environment with Miami tools and processes
  • explore research-based methods for stimulating online student engagement to promote retention
  • develop online course management efficiency techniques

The orientation is self-paced. Most participants complete the orientation in approximately 15-18 hours, in as little as a few days or over the course of a few weeks.

E1 may be started at any time. Have questions or want to register? Email ecampushelp@miamioh.edu or call 513.217.4003 (x74003) to speak with our E-Campus Solutions Team.


E1 Online Faculty Orientation Outcomes

What is E-Learning?

  • • Explain what E-Learning is and its importance to Miami Regionals.
  • • Explain how the various functions of MUR E-Campus help faculty create high quality, standards-aligned and outcomes-based online courses that prioritize student success and retention.
  • • Describe how online learning meets the needs of today's higher education students.
  • • List the advantages of teaching online for instructors.

Teaching an Online Course in Canvas

  • • Customize your Canvas notification preferences.
  • • Describe how online learning meets the needs of today’s higher education students.
  • • Identify the differences between teaching face-to-face and online courses.
  • •Employ time management strategies to maximize efficiency when teaching an online course.

Instructor Presence

  • • Explain how the Community of Inquiry model increases cognitive, social, and teaching presence in an online course.
  • • Use video in innovative ways to increase instructor presence in an online environment.
  • • Employ strategies of the VOCAL method to increase instructor presence in an online environment.
  • • Use communication strategies to enhance instructor presence in an online environment.
  • • Update your Canvas profile information.
  • • Write your “About the Instructor” information for the Course Syllabus page.

Student Engagement

  • • Use Canvas communication tools to effectively communicate with students in an online learning environment.
  • • List tips and techniques for planning and moderating effective online discussions.
  • • List strategies for communicating clear, impactful, and effective messages though both text and multimedia.
  • • List strategies to establish a positive learning environment that will be conducive to increased student engagement.

Managing an Online Course at MUR

  • • Identify the regulatory requirements of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and best practices of UDL (Universal Design for Learning).
  • • Identify course content options that provide diversity in the way information is presented and students respond or demonstrate knowledge to meet accessibility standards and accommodate the diverse needs of all learners.
  • • Identify instructional content items that may require additional resources in order to make them accessible.
  • • List the steps you need to take when you receive a Letter of Accommodation for your online course.
  • • List strategies to manage difficult students in the online classroom.

Preparing for Your First Online Course

  • • List the steps you need to take to prepare for the start of an E-Campus course.
  • • Record an introduction video for your online course.
  • • Write a welcome email for your online course.
  • • Read the “Course Author Notes and Important Course Information” for your course.
  • • Contact your course's author with additional questions about teaching your E-Campus course

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