Teaching Online Program

The Teaching Online Program (TOP) is an immersive, two-strand online program for instructors who want to enhance their online teaching and learning skills. Spanning six weeks, each strand of the program is designed to offer theoretical, practical and personalized experience.


In the TOP program's first strand, participants work individually and in small groups, spending most of their time on discussions, activities and some scheduled live synchronous events. Participants work through the program as a cohort, exploring a variety of technologies and strategies for enhancing online learning and contemplating how online teaching and learning relates to their own contexts. Topics covered in TOP I include exploring online learning, online student assessment and planning online activities.

Once TOP I is completed, participants can continue to TOP II. 


The second strand of TOP expands on the theory and skills introduced in TOP I. Applying knowledge from TOP I, participants will direct themselves through a project-based learning model to plan and develop a creation for an online course. Facilitators will monitor the process by providing opportunities for self-assessment, debriefs, feedback and reflection.

Successful completion of TOP I is required before continuing to TOP II. Each strand is designed to give participants flexibility, practical skills and knowledge in developing and teaching an online course in higher education.


Program structure

TOP participants work individually and in small groups, spending most of their time working asynchronously aside from some scheduled live synchronous events. Participants work through the program as a cohort, interacting with other participants and the facilitators, completing assignments to apply theory and skills to their own contexts.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a TOP digital badge from the Educational Development Unit. 

Benefits of TOP

Participants gain practical experience while examining pedagogical issues related to online learning. Using tools such as online discussion boards, participants can investigate the online environment for engagement levels, different teaching and learning activities and student assessment. The program's final allows participants to complete projects and develop skills in their areas of interest.