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Instructional Designer

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Page Durham
Fredericksburg Area Campus, Science and Engineering Building and Information Commons, SP3, RM 117

TOP- Teaching Online Program

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TOP- Teaching Online Program

Instructs educators in the method and practice for delivery of online course content. Includes instructional technology and instructional design theory and practice, with skills and strategies that educators will use to engage students and create a collaborative online environment. TOP will help towards gaining certification to teach in online and hybrid courses for many colleges in the VCCS.  Lecture 3 hours per week and will be delivered completely online. Graduate credit can be earned as well through Colorado State University. 

The purpose of the course is to prepare college faculty to teach online courses using new teaching strategies and new tools grounded in current research and best practices in online teaching and learning. College faculty will develop an enhanced understanding of essential online teaching and learning concepts and practices while experiencing an online course from the perspective of the learner. TOP will be a refresher on basic pedagogical principles, gain critical technological skills, and cover how to perform required administrative tasks.  

Course Prerequisites:

  • Must have taught for at least one semester at the higher education level or dual enrollment.
  • Proficient working knowledge of the current VCCS online course delivery system (Canvas).
  • Ability to use the Internet in an effective and efficient manner, including installation and management of browser plug-ins.
  • Basic knowledge about the operation of a computer, file management, and software installation.

The course will cover the following topics:

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  • VoiceThread
  • Your VCCS Gmail account and Google tools
  • Google Presentations
  • Rubrics
  • Learning to establish social presence
  • Online learning communities
  • Time management technique


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DOL- Instructional Design for Online Learning

Introduces learners to the fundamentals of creating and organizing online courses according to the ASSURE Model of instructional design and the standards created by Quality Matters. IDOL covers analyzing learners, writing proper learning objectives, ADA compliance, selecting methods, media, and materials to be used within an online course, utilizing those methods, media, and materials, requiring learner participation, evaluating and revising your course, assessing and measuring performance, and a self-reflection. Lecture 3 hours per week completely online. Graduate credit can be earned through Colorado State University. 

Course Prerequisites:

  • TOP or another pre-approved course
  • For IDOL a learner must have used Canvas (the VCCS’ course delivery system) as a supplement to their face-to-face course for at least one semester prior to enrolling.
  • Learners should also be comfortable using the Internet along with the basic operation of PCs, including installing software and browser plug-ins.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • The  ASSURE model of instructional design
  • The Quality MattersTM rubric
  • Creating a “Start Here” section, a course syllabus and one learning module that follows ASSURE and the QM rubric.
  • Writing measurable learning objectives for an online course
  • Alignment with course assessment and measurement, resources and materials, learner interaction, and multimedia technology
  • ADA compliance in online courses
  • Learner interaction- Learner to Learner, Instructor to Leaner and Learner to Content
  • Multimedia examples that support course outcomes
  • Evaluating and revising online courses

Online Discussions

Designing Asynchronous Online Discussions

Workshop Objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will learn different ways to design asynchronous online discussions. Description: This workshop presents and shares How to Design asynchronous online discussion boards.  At the beginning of the workshop, participants will become familiar with different designs of asynchronous online discussions. Then, presenter will share examples to each design from real online courses. Presenter will discuss benefits and limitations for each design. Presenter will also share practical tips of what to expect and of what to avoid while designing asynchronous online discussions. All participants will have an opportunity to discuss and explore different designs. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to get help in designing their own online discussions and schedule a one-to-one meeting with presenter.