Online Learning Academy for Instructors

In response to our rapidly changing environment, the Faculty created the Online Learning Academy (OLA) to share expertise in providing outstanding online learning opportunities for students.

The OLA helps all faculty and instructors deliver digitally-enabled and online teaching that enhances student learning and the student experience. Within the OLA community, you can share your knowledge with fellow instructors — and draw on their expertise when you need it.

The Academy is led by Don Boyes, an award-winning professor from the Department of Geography & Planning who is passionate about the role of technology in teaching and how it can be leveraged to transform the learning experience for students. The OLA is supported by knowledgeable staff with expertise in pedagogy, educational technology, and online teaching, and guided by the OLA Advisory Committee, a group of faculty members with demonstrated excellence in digital teaching and learning.

Through virtual drop-in sessions, workshops and web resources, the Academy team provides consultations and discussions of online and digital teaching methods. They share technical advice, best practices, and resources for creating a seamless online or hybrid learning experience for all Arts & Science students. The OLA Community of Practice is a sounding board for everyone who teaches to discuss real-life scenarios on the use of various methods, tools, and resources.

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Drop-In Sessions: Teaching & Technology Clinics

Join us for drop-in clinics every Tuesday from 12 to 1 pm on Teams. Members of the Teaching & Learning (T&L) and Teaching Technology Support (TTS) teams will be available to answer your questions about teaching in A&S, from considerations about course and assignment design to effectively using Quercus and integrating educational technologies.

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To learn more about available teaching and learning supports, visit A&S Digital Teaching & Learning.

Teaching in Arts & Science: Course Wrap-Up and Course Start-Up Workshops

  • Course Wrap-Up for Fall 2022: Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 11 am–12 pm EST on Teams 
  • Course Start-Up for Winter 2023: Thursday, December 15, 2022, 1–3 pm EST on Zoom

Instructors teaching in the Faculty of Arts & Science are invited to join the Teaching & Learning (T&L) and Teaching Technology Support (TTS) teams for two workshops:

The course wrap-up workshop (December 13, 11 am–12 pm) will explore end-of-semester strategies, policies, and procedures. A drop-in session for instructors to discuss individual questions and needs is scheduled from 12–1 pm immediately following the workshop.   

The course start-up workshop (December 15, 1–3 pm) will offer considerations for structuring an effective course, choosing appropriate educational technology tools, and integrating important A&S policies related to teaching and learning. 

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