Online College Teaching Series

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Online College Teaching Series

Graduate students are invited to attend the Online College Teaching Series (OCTS), a six-week online program for designing effective online learning experiences. 

This course course takes participants through the main steps of course planning and development and introduces the pedagogical approaches, design principles, and technological tools that facilitate online learning. This course includes online hands-on learning activities and active weekly discussions.

As they progress through this course, graduate students will:

  • Develop their online teaching skills
  • Develop some facility with Canvas (a Learning Management System)
  • Experience what it is like to be an online learner
  • Engage with experienced instructional designers in the discussion forums

The course is from Sept 28 - Nov 6, 2020 and is limited to 28 students.

There is no need to be on campus in order to take this course. The OCTS is offered completely online and will require 4 to 6 hours of your time per week.

A certificate will be awarded to those who successfully complete the series.

Please contact the course instructor, Alex Ambrose (gambrose@nd.edu), if you have any questions.



Past participant testimonials:

I feel like I gained a lot of insights and practical experience on the technical aspect of online teaching.

The course condensed a lot of information about online teaching and design strategies that made me realize that online classes can work better from the professors standpoint than I thought. Also, it made me realize how much useful supplemental information an online portion of a class offers.

I had no knowledge on online teaching. However, I learned how to prepare online teaching through this course. Also this course let me seriously think about what I do to get the attention of learners and motivated me a lot as a future instructor.

I really liked how this course gave me a better foundation to teach.

It forced me to clearly and succinctly articulate small chunks of what makes teaching work week by week. A very worthwhile exercise.


I learned a lot about backwards design (which I hadn't thought about before, but now this is how I'll design all of my classes) and the course challenged me to think about the challenges (but also the positive pieces) of teaching online. By thinking critically and putting myself in the shoes of the student, I feel more confident now about designing an online course and being able to anticipate challenges and make the course very engaging and find ways to maximize students' learning.