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General Course Information for EDT610: Teaching Online

Course: EDT610 - Teaching Online
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Description: This comprehensive course covers principles and strategies for conducting online lessons in a variety of online teaching environments including hybrid courses, with a primary focus on how teaching strategies have evolved in order to fit the new medium of online learning. Students survey theories and applications of online learning and teaching. Special focus is given on the use of the Internet for implementing distance education systems for adult learners. The course covers hands-on tools such as web page design authoring tools and videoconferencing technology. Career paths in the arena of online teaching will also be investigated.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Define online learning and develop a rationale for the educational uses of the Internet in K-16 and corporate education programs.
  • Discuss the hardware and software requirements which need to be met in order to effectively utilize online learning.
  • Recognize approaches to using online learning for educational goals.
  • Design web-based courses using web page design authoring tools.
  • Discuss the potential and effectiveness of distance learning.
  • Identify various forms of instructional delivery via telecommunication, such as correspondence, videoconferencing, and mailing list, Usenet, course delivery on-line, and hybrid courses.
  • Describe the critical issues involved in designing effective distance educational programs, including formation of instructional goals and objectives, media/technology selection, financial considerations, etc.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of an instructional module delivered through a completely digital form of distance education.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Specialization in Educational Technology
    • Assess the effectiveness and efficiency of multimedia courseware and internet resource for use in instruction and delivery system.
    • Design web-based courses using web page design authoring tools.
    • Examine the critical issues involved in designing effective distance educational programs.
    • Integrate interdisciplinary connection between evidence based technologies for multimedia instruction.
    • Participate in online community building and web-based interactive activities.
    • Use teaching strategies to accommodate learners in an online or blended environment.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures