New to Online: Essentials Part 1, Getting Started

Track: Online Design
Delivery Mode: Asynchronous Workshop

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself. This workshop will provide you with an important online learning experience as you explore the basics of online teaching and learning. You will learn the critical differences between online and face-to-face courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation. Your explorations will include research-based readings, presentations and discussions with other new online teachers and will be supported by sample documents such as online syllabus, discussion rubric etc. There will also be an hour-long optional (recorded) live session where you will get a chance to meet your facilitator to discuss important topics related to online teaching and ask your questions.

Course design, delivery and assessment
Instructor roles and competencies
Five Pillars of Quality in online education
Engaging the learners
Student readiness and expectations

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the differences between online and face-to-face courses in terms of course design, roles, and expectations
  • Create a learning resource for your online course based on your readings and explorations during this workshop

This is a week-long asynchronous workshop, with an optional one-hour synchronous (live) session with the facilitator. The workshop will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday. The live session will be held on Monday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

Who should attend?
Faculty with little or no experience with online teaching
Junior instructional designers

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Dr. Glori Hinck

Glori Hinck

Glori Hinck MS, MET, DC is the instructional designer/technologist for the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. Glori had a long career in health care and health care education before making a career switch into educational technology and instructional design. She earned a master’s degree in educational technology and a certificate in online teaching through Boise State University and is currently a doctoral candidate in the same program. For her doctoral dissertation research Glori is studying quality assurance in online MBA programs. Glori has over a decade of teaching experience, both online and face-to-face, and has taught a wide variety of courses from physiology and chiropractic technique to social media professionalism and online course design.

Dr. Karen Girton-Snyder


Dr. Karen R. Girton-Snyder is the Director of the Instructional Design and Course Development at Lamar University and Higher Education Consultant.

Karen is leveraging over 25 years of experience in higher education and the technology industries to provide clients with high-level strategies regarding corporate partnerships, campus business incubation and online education.  As a passionate leader, educator and entrepreneur over the years Karen has been the Assistant Provost at Otis College of Art and Design where she fostered corporate relationships with global organizations in China, Mattel, Inc. and LACI.  She provided intellectual and administrative leadership for blended and online learning initiatives, including the first online studio drawing course for Stanford University Online High School (OHS).  Prior to her Otis appointment Karen was the Director of Distance Learning at California State University, Northridge, where she set the strategic direction for innovative fully online learning, teaching, and student engagement.  Additionally, she was a professor at several college and universities in the state of Pennsylvania.   She has taught, managed, designed, and developed courses both at the graduate and undergraduate levels for all delivery modes such as fully online, hybrid, face-to-face, and off-campus for Fortune 500 Global companies.  She provided college-level strategic, analytic and diagnostic perspective on new technology initiatives, established use of innovative instructional strategies and technologies in developing online courses, and provided expertise in areas of curriculum design and development, project management, emerging technologies and learning management systems.  Karen was one of the first professors to offer a course in mCommerce in 1999, which evolved into an emerging technologies course that propelled students to develop their own applications and companies using mobile technology. Additionally, she has developed an online learning approach, entitled, “HyPE,”  Hybrid Physical Environment for study abroad and general education courses.  Coupled with Karen’s administrative and teaching experience, is her extensive professional experience designing and developing instructional technology solutions and educational software for the pharmaceutical and banking industries.  She co-founded Macroform Technologies, Inc. and held positions of Director of Development, Project Manager and Instructional Technologist in several media and technology corporations. 

Karen continues to advocate for innovative educational solutions that utilizes emerging technology and corporate partnerships in higher education.  She often speaks to organizations such as University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).

Karen received her Ed.D. from the University of Delaware.


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