Facilitated Courses

Going Online@VCU Certification Program

Interested in creating an online course or taking your online teaching to the next level? ALT Lab is excited to offer VCU faculty a series of courses to help you design, improve, and teach your online courses.

Going Online@VCU: Level 1

Going Online@VCU: Level 1 is designed to help educators establish or improve their online or blended teaching practices. There is no required prerequisite, requisite knowledge, experience of online teaching practices, or familiarity with Blackboard needed. This course provides an overview of effective teaching strategies and techniques for revising or creating course learning objectives, aligning course materials and assessments, developing an online course using Blackboard and other tools, structuring your online course content, and engaging students in the online environment. The techniques and materials created in the class can be applied to your own unique teaching situation. Upon successful completion of this course, including submission of a Capstone Project and a final course score of 80 percent or higher, participants will be awarded a Going Online@VCU certificate.

View the course syllabus for Level 1

Next start date: September 9th, 2019

Going Online@VCU: Level 2

Going Online@VCU: Level 2 is designed to help participants explore advanced strategies and tools for designing engaging courses. In this fully online, ten-week program, participants will work with ALT Lab instructional designers and a cohort of faculty colleagues to build a complete online course in Blackboard. Topics covered include Universal Design for Learning, content presentation, how to build an engaged learning community, and student-centered assessment. Plus, participants will have the option to choose from among a list of optional modules to tailor their experience to their own teaching needs. Upon successful completion of this course, including submission of a Capstone Project, a final course score of 80 percent or higher, and a review of the course created using the VCU Course Rubric, participants will be awarded a Going Online@VCU certificate.

Participants will have taken Going Online@VCU: Level 1 or have a pre-approved course grid and course shell built in order to begin with this course.

View the course syllabus for Level 2

Next start date: September 9th, 2019.

Teaching Online@VCU

Teaching Online@VCU Teaching Online@VCU will guide you through best practices in teaching and facilitating an online course. This fully online, four-week course helps instructors understand different aspects of online course management, including instructor presence, communication with students, time/work management, and accessibility. The course is primarily designed for faculty that will teach an online course that someone else has already designed and built. At the end of this course, you’ll receive an online facilitator certificate from ALT Lab. Upon successful completion of this course with a final course score of 80 percent or higher, participants will be awarded a Teaching Online@VCU certificate.

Participants must have an existing online course that they have either developed, was developed and is currently taught online at the university, or have sufficient experience designing and developing online learning environments.

View the course syllabus for Teaching Online

Next start date: September 9th, 2019

Coming Soon!!

Evaluating Online@VCU – An overview for faculty of the OSCQR rubric and the VCU version of the rubric

Coaching for Online@VCU – Course to train leaders in guiding their departments to transitioning online