This post contributed by Leva Lee, BCcampus and a member of SCETUG.
Here’s the scenario: At University Victoria, the contracted instructors for the Continuing Education Unit are typically subject matter experts. They may have little or no previous experience teaching or teaching online and may not have been involved in the development of the course they are to teach. How best to prep them for teaching an asynchronous online course?
For our T.e.l.l. Tuesday on April 30th Emily Schudel, Distance Education Consultant/Instructional Designer at the University of Victoria, shared with us an interesting session on the strategy, planning, and development behind the design of a professional development workshop for online instructors in the UVic Continuing Studies Unit and how they designed and piloted a solution using Blackboard Collaborate that brought together and motivated this diverse and distributed group of learners.