New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started

Track : Online Design
Delivery Mode : Asynchronous Workshop
Levels : Beginner
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : No

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. 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.

Topics covered:

Effective online teaching
Course Design
Teaching presence
Workload and time management
Student readiness and expectations

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate 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

What are the key takeaways from this workshop?

  • Understanding the differences between face to face and online teaching
  • A learning resource that can be used in your online course
  • Compilation of resources for further exploration
  • Course and teaching evaluation tools


This is a weeklong 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, on the first day. 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

Note: This workshop is eligible for a digital badge for participants who complete all three workshops in the New to Online series. Upon completion of all three workshops, participants should contact to notify. A badge will be issued after confirming that all requirements have been met. Please note badges will not be issued for workshops completed prior to 2019.

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Refund Policy
If you register and pay for a OLC workshop and are unable to enroll (due to personal schedule conflicts, illness, etc), we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop in the same calendar year upon your written request to No refunds will be given.