Online Learning Advisory Committee Online Learning Community

The Provost's office is announcing an exciting opportunity for faculty (full time professors and instructors) to apply to participate in an online learning community focused on developing hybrid and online learning courses. Led by [U]Tech’s Teaching and Learning Technologies team with guidance by expert faculty, this learning community will provide faculty with the support needed to develop hybrid and fully online learning courses in a supportive environment.

Topics will include how to ensure that course learning objectives and goals can be realized in hybrid and online learning, how to best utilize Canvas, Zoom and other instructional technologies, how to balance synchronous and asynchronous time, and how to ensure that faculty and students have multiple avenues for meaningful learning and interaction throughout the course. Read on to learn more about the Online Learning Advisory Committee Online Learning Community (OLAC OLC).

  • Empower faculty to create and deliver high quality hybrid and online courses that are customized to the needs of their learners
  • Provide faculty with experience as an online student via activities and materials in a Canvas site
  • Share best practices for teaching and learning online, including how to transform your face-to-face course into an online or hybrid course, and how to make your course digitally accessible
  • Develop faculty expertise in creating online course assets
  • Share The I Can Design for Online as a structure for creating a high-quality online or hybrid course 
  • Help to shape CWRU’s strategy around online learning by providing your feedback on processes, procedures, and faculty resources

Participants will be expected to:

  1. Enroll in the OLC Canvas site, review learning materials to prepare for workshops, and participate in asynchronous activities between workshops.
  2. Attend all the workshops (1-2 per month, December-May, and August). If you cannot attend a workshop, you will need to do make-up work. 
  3. Design and develop a course to be taught online or hybrid in the Fall of 2023 or Spring of 2024.
  4. Submit your completed course for a Quality Review before it is taught.
  5. Meet between workshops with your TLT ID partner to discuss your specific course, goals, and milestones.
  6. Create, and stick to, a timeline with milestones to design and develop an online or hybrid course by the end of the OLC.
  7. Present what you've learned to your department.
  8. Participate in a university-wide event about online teaching/learning in Fall 2023.
  9. Help to shape CWRU’s strategy around online learning by providing your feedback on processes, procedures, and faculty resources.

OLC fellows who successfully complete the requirements of the learning community will receive a stipend of $5000 to be paid at the completion of OLC. In addition, participants will receive funding to support making content accessible.

Workshops will be 1.5 hours and will be 1-2 times per month, as follows:
  • Dec 2022 = 1 workshop
  • Jan 2023 = 2 workshops
  • Feb 2023 = 2 workshops
  • Mar 2023 = 1 workshop
  • Apr 2023 = 2 workshops
  • May 2023 = 2 workshops
  • June 2023 = 1 coffee session/group check-in
  • July 2023 = 1 coffee session/group check-in
  • August 2023 = 1 workshop
  • Sept 2023 - Dec 2023 = optional coffee sessions/group check-ins