Designing & Teaching Online
Albright College has a broad array of online and hybrid course offerings in both the Traditional day program and the School of Professional Studies (SPS). Whether you are teaching in a flip, hybrid, fully online, or just want to add online components to substitute for seat time, there are many resources to assist in successfully integrating these components into the teaching and learning process.
On this page you will find information about how to design an online course, manage and teach online, instructions on creating an instructional equivalencies chart, which can help assist you in how to replace seat time with technology activities, an Excel template for creating the equivalency chart and suggested books and links to read.
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Whether in the Traditional program or the School of Professional Studies, if you are interested in offering a course online, support is available for you throughout the entire process. First start with the Guidelines for Teaching and Learning with Technology. This EPC-approved document will explain expectations and timelines for the process. Once approved, a course must go through the design process. This workflow chart explains the process from beginning to end. Albright utilizes a program called Quality Matters for professional development for instructors and quality assurance for the design of online courses.
Prepping and Managing Your Online Course
There’s a lot to remember when it comes to setting up, managing, and delivering your online course. This section offers you a checklist to use when setting up your course site for the semester format whether it is for interim, summer, or 7 week formats. This includes information for several weeks before class begins to the last week of class.
- Prepping for Your Online Course Checklist – download this checklist and begin the process 3 to 4 weeks before your class begins.
- Faculty Canvas Help Center – use this link to locate the steps for things like importing the content of a course or showing/hiding a course to students.
Web Resources and Books to Read
Good Practices for Developing Reciprocity and Cooperation Among Students
Active and Cooperative Learning
Providing Feedback in an Online Course
- Five Research Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback
- Providing Meaningful Feedback in an Online Course
- Feedback Strategies for Online Courses
- Stavredes, T. (2011). Effective online teaching: foundations and strategies for student success. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Available from Amazon or borrow from Academic Affairs library.
Instructional Equivalency Hours
Whether they are traditional, blended, or fall under the SPS umbrella, many courses now include online components and other types of activities as part of instructional time. Any course that does not meet face-to-face for all instructional credit hours must contain an Instructional Equivalency Chart to track these components.
Instructional Equivalency Creation Guide
Instructional Equivalency Chart Template (Excel)
Visit the Instructional Equivalency Interactive Tutorial to learn more about creating an IE chart.
Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. QM has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in online education. Feel free to create a login at QM and browse through their materials.
Originating from a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant project, QM is now a self-supporting organization offering institutional subscriptions and a range of fee-based services including QM-managed course reviews and an array of professional development opportunities.
With over 900 current subscribers, ranging from four-year colleges and universities to technical and community colleges to other academic organizations, Quality Matters is the leading provider of tools and processes used to evaluate quality in course design.
Visit the Quality Matters Interactive Tutorial to learn more QM alignment.