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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Learning to Teach Online Project

by Simon McIntyre
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Dec 31, 2011 by Faculty Development
Overview: The Learning to Teach Online project is a free professional development resource designed by COFA Online at the University of New South Wales, in association with the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) to help teachers from any discipline, whether experienced in online teaching or not, gain a working understanding of successful online teaching pedagogies that they can apply in their own unique teaching situations. Currently, ten different topics are covered along with sixteen case studies. There are additional tutorials on technical issues
Learning Goals: To help teachers from any discipline, whether experienced in online teaching or not, to gain a working understanding of successful online teaching pedagogies that they can apply in their own unique teaching situations.
Target Student Population: All online instructors and faculty development professionals
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic knowledge of good pedagogy
Type of Material: Workshop and Training Materials
Recommended Uses: Professional development for online instructors
Technical Requirements: Sufficient bandwidth Internet connection to play YouTube videos and the ability to read pdf documents

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The videos are professionally done and offer quality information on the topics in short, well designed clips. The accompanying pdf Strategies and Tips provide valuable information about the topics in greater detail and depth, and usually provide additional references
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: A valuable online professional development collection that faculty can use individually or as part of a group participating in a workshop. Professional development opportunities related to teaching online are a much needed resource and such professional development has been mandated by accrediting organizations.
Concerns: None

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Very easy to navigate. Very easy to find relevant resources. The format of the tutorials for the different topics is consistent.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: As new teaching strategies emerge for teaching online, it would be beneficial if tutorials for these strategies were included in the collection