Office of Open Learning

Office of Open Learning: Workshops

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The Certificate in Online and Open Learning (COOL) is a flexible post-graduate program offered by the Office of Open Learning to help prepare instructors for designing, developing, teaching and evaluating high quality online, open, hybrid, and technology-enhanced, courses and programs. The program is designed with a high level of flexibility for busy academics and graduate students, allowing them to tailor their learning to their own interests and needs, as well as recognising that there are many different ways to gain knowledge and skills. How long does it take? The program is designed so that it could be completed within one year. We understand that life is messy though, and most people will likely take up to two years to complete. What is the time commitment? The COOL is a post-graduate program that involves independent study, synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities, engagement with literature, creative activities, mentoring, and development of an ePortfolio at the program level. Learners can expect to commit 5-10 hours per week to the program, depending on their personalised learning pathway.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Anatomy of the 21st Century Online and Open Educator

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Schedule: January 29 – March 05, 2018,
Mondays, 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM
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Location: Online, Anywhere
Instructors: Nick Baker
This course introduces learners to core principles of successful teaching in online, open, hybrid, and technology-enhanced learning environments. It explores notions of teaching in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, and ways in which educators and learners navigate these challenges. Using Simon Bates’ (2014) concept of the anatomy of a 21st Century educator, and Tony Bates’ (2015) Teaching in a digital age as the foundation, this course will introduce learners to the many roles they will play in modern higher education teaching, and provide a practical base from which to develop as successful online teachers.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Practice what you teach: Practical tools and strategies for technology-enhanced teaching

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Schedule: March 26 – April 30, 2018,
Mondays, 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
(list dates)
Location: Online, Anywhere
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
This course offers an opportunity to apply a variety of learning strategies and technological tools that are effective for online, open, hybrid, and technology-enhanced learning environments. Learners will find, adapt, and develop high quality multimedia resources, while keeping in mind relevant quality standards, as well as design principles, such as Mayer’s principles of multimedia design (2001). Furthermore, the class will look at accessible design considerations necessary to meet AODA compliance and tools that can be used facilitate the process. Finally, strategies for monitoring student course performance and reaching out to those at risk, will be covered.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Exploring the Edges of online teaching

Registration for this event is now closed.
Schedule: May 28 – July 09, 2018,
Mondays, 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
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Location: Online, Anywhere
Instructors: Dr. Nobuko Fujita
This course explores the boundaries of online teaching and learning, both theory and practice. We will examine principles from constructivist and connectivist learning theories that underlie the design of online learning environments. Exploring emerging technologies and innovative pedagogical approaches such as virtual and augmented reality, learning analytics, and open education, learners will reflect on the development of their own pedagogical approaches, and collaborate to discuss key pedagogical trends, technologies, and challenges to expand their online teaching and learning practices.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Anatomy of the 21st Century Online and Open Educator

Registration for this event is now closed.
Schedule: January 21 – February 25, 2019,
Mondays, 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM
(list dates)
Location: Online, Anywhere
Instructors: Nick Baker
This course introduces learners to core principles of successful teaching in online, open, hybrid, and technology-enhanced learning environments. It explores notions of teaching in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, and ways in which educators and learners navigate these challenges. Using Simon Bates’ (2014) concept of the anatomy of a 21st Century educator, and Tony Bates’ (2015) Teaching in a digital age as the foundation, this course will introduce learners to the many roles they will play in modern higher education teaching, and provide a practical base from which to develop as successful online teachers.
Note: We will determine the best time to meet online in the first week of class.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Practice what you teach: Practical tools and strategies for technology-enhanced teaching

Registration for this event is now closed.
Schedule: March 25 – May 06, 2019,
Mondays, 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
(list dates)
Location: Online, Anywhere
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
This course offers an opportunity to apply a variety of learning strategies and technological tools that are effective for online, open, hybrid, and technology-enhanced learning environments. Learners will find, adapt, and develop high quality multimedia resources, while keeping in mind relevant quality standards, as well as design principles, such as Mayer’s principles of multimedia design (2001). Furthermore, the class will look at accessible design considerations necessary to meet AODA compliance and tools that can be used facilitate the process. Finally, strategies for monitoring student course performance and reaching out to those at risk, will be covered.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Exploring the Edges of online teaching

Registration for this event is now closed.
Schedule: May 27 – July 08, 2019,
Mondays, 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
except June 17, 2019 and July 01, 2019
(list dates)
Location: Online, Anywhere
Instructors: Dr. Nobuko Fujita
This course explores the boundaries of online teaching and learning, both theory and practice. We will examine principles from constructivist and connectivist learning theories that underlie the design of online learning environments. Exploring emerging technologies and innovative pedagogical approaches such as virtual and augmented reality, learning analytics, and open education, learners will reflect on the development of their own pedagogical approaches, and collaborate to discuss key pedagogical trends, technologies, and challenges to expand their online teaching and learning practices. Note: We will determine the best time to meet online in the first week of class, and there will be no classes during Reading Week (June 15-23).