Overview of the Online Teaching Institute (OTI)
The ARC Online Teaching Institute helps to prepare instructors for teaching online through exploration and hands-on demonstrations of effective practices in online instruction. The OTI is composed of nine sessions. It begins with participants exploring the characteristics of successful online instructors, the foundations for teaching with technology, options for teaching online, the concept of digital competencies and how that may affect how our students learn, and ways to identify and create exemplary online courses. Through the program, participants will delve into the important issues for both instructors and students using online tools including website credibility, plagiarism, copyright, web accessibility, and assessments. Participants will be introduced to different presentation applications, media, and tools for online communication as they create a blueprint for modules that demonstrate exemplary online course design.
The OTI is taught within Canvas, affording opportunities for participants to learn and use the different tools and functions for future classes; however, this is not a Canvas training class. Participants must have attended a Canvas Basics (3-hour) workshop within the last six months, completed an alternative professional development activity such as the 3CSN Canvas 101 & 102 courses, the Canvas Instructor Orientation Course, self-paced or the @One Introduction to Teaching with Canvas – Self-Paced; or be currently using Canvas in your courses BEFORE beginning the Online Teaching Institute.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Create a course with informational and instructional modules that are the basis for the development of an online course and that meet the criteria for exemplary course design as outlined in the OEI Online Course Design Rubric.
Demonstrate proficiency in online teaching and learning as outlined in the @ONE Principles for Quality Online Teaching.
Fall 2020 Schedule
The American River College Fall 2020 OTI is scheduled for nine online sessions between September 4, 2020 and November 27, 2020.
Session Start Date Topics
- Session 1 9/4/20 OTI & Course Management System Orientation
- Session 2 9/11/20 Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
- Session 3 9/18/20 Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Accessibility
- Session 4 10/2/20 Syllabus, Policies, and Learner Support
- Session 5 10/9/20 Course Design: Integrating Web Resources
- Session 6 10/16/20 Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning
- Session 7 10/30/20 Interaction and Community Building
- Session 8 11/6/20 Media for Online Learning
- Session 9 11/27/20 Capstone Project
You should know how to use Canvas, this is not a Canvas training class. You MUST have attended a Canvas Basics (3-hour) workshop within the last six months or be currently using Canvas in your courses BEFORE beginning the Online Teaching Institute. Visit the ITC’s Workshops page for upcoming workshops.
Priority will be given to ARC employees who have not completed a previous OTI and who are scheduled to teach online at ARC.
The ARC Guidelines for Web-based Instruction recommend completion of the ARC Online Teaching Institute or an equivalent program BEFORE an instructor teaches a fully-online course.
For more information, including technical requirements, see the information page for the ARC Online Teaching Institute.