During the Spring 2024 semester, the IDEAS team will be facilitating the next 6-week Essentials of Online Teaching - The Canvas Edition course. This opportunity is open to any UMass instructor interested in: learning how to develop and teach effective online courses, using teaching technologies meaningfully, and receiving personalized support in the process of designing their online courses. It focuses on five essential components: 

  • Foundations of online teaching 
  • Structure and Design 
  • Assessment
  • Engagement
  • Communication

Through reading and exploring resources, engaging in learning activities, and collaborating with their colleagues, participants will develop strategies for using resources and technologies to enhance their online courses. Each week, instructors will put these strategies into practice and build out a different aspect of their course, receiving feedback from their colleagues and course facilitators. Participants who fulfill all course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion and their department head will be notified. 

Participants can expect to spend about 3-5 hours per learning module (approximately 20-25 hours over 6 weeks). Additionally, there are 6 required synchronous Zoom sessions.

The next course will run from March 27 - May 1, with synchronous Zoom sessions being held on Wednesdays, from 11:00am- 12:00pm EST. Registration for the course is now open. 

Registration for the Spring 2024 course is now closed. Please email instruct@umass.edu if you'd like to be put on the waitlist.