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Online Teaching Course (OTC)

Spring 22 cohort (January 31st - March 11) | Registration is open!



The Online Teaching Course is a six-week asynchronous online course designed for faculty who are either new to the online teaching experience or need a refresher of the basics. During this course, faculty dedicate three to five hours per week to discovering and applying best practices that support effective teaching and learning in the online environment. This is achieved through reviewing module content and resources, discussing different pedagogical approaches with peers, and designing the beginnings of an online course with the support of an instructional designer.  

This course is being offered in the Ultra course experience in Blackboard, which is currently in pilot status at WKU. 

Over the course of six weeks, faculty will explore topics including: 

  • Characteristics of a quality online course; 
  • Backwards Design; 
  • Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility; 
  • Course Structure and Navigation; 
  • Building Community Online; and
  • Trends and Issues in Online Teaching and Learning, including group work in the online environment, online discussions, and third-party tools for engagement.  

By the end of the course, faculty will be able to: 

  • Identify characteristics of quality online course design and teaching; 
  • Apply the steps to create an online course using the backward design approach; 
  • Plan, organize, and create at least one learning module in Blackboard; and
  • Build and support a community of inquiry in an online course. 

What other faculty are saying about OTC

I strongly recommend CITL's Online Teaching Course. As someone with some years of collegiate teaching experience, it gave me fresh insights and taught me new tricks. Also, as a newcomer to WKU and first-year assistant professor, it helped me connect with my colleagues acroos the university and in my college who were joining the faculty, and with the CITL staff. This experience made me comfortable reaching out to CITL staff when I needed help after arriving, and helped me feel at home at WKU. 

-Landon D.C. Elkind - Political Science


Enrolling into the Online Teaching course through CITL is a great benefit not only for my students but for my teaching skills online and in the classroom.  I gained insight and experience utilizing new techniques, platforms, as well as using strategies to grasp my student’s attention.  Implementing these new and innovative ideas assisted in ensuring to meet the needs of each type of student learner.  If you are serious about teaching online and being student-centered, CITL’s online teaching course is a must.

-Monica G. Hines, MSW - Social Work

OTC helped me think about my course from a different perspective. I had the opportunity to think of new ways to conquer course objectives and enjoyed the feedback from the instructors and others in the course.

-Rheanna Plemons, Ed.D. - Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research



Pre-requisite: You must complete the ITS: New Instructor Blackboard Training prior to the start of the Online Teaching Course. 

The Spring 2022 Session will begin on January 31st. This is a six-week course. Please register by January 21st.


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 Last Modified 1/10/22