Teaching Online Program

The Teaching Online Program (TOP) is an immersive, online professional development program delivered entirely online using D2L and Zoom. TOP is a two-part program divided into three-week sections. Read the course descriptions below and choose your own path.

TOP I: Experience online learning as a student

Register for TOP I (Weeks 1-3) if you are interested in navigating asynchronous and synchronous learning environments, exploring and contextualizing best practices for online teaching and learning, and collaborating with your peers to explain and expand your learning from interdisciplinary perspectives. 

Time Commitment:

Total course: Approximately 9-18 hours 

Weekly commitment: Approximately 3-6 hours per week

Pace: Instructor-led

TOP I Course Learning Outcomes:

At the end of TOP I, learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions informed by research and practices of online learning in higher education
  • Engage in discussion as a community of learners to explore and construct concepts and relationships by solving unstructured real-world problems 
  • Develop an awareness of the complexity of online pedagogy and how this might influence their analyses and interpretations in their online teaching and learning practice

Successful completion of TOP I is required before continuing to TOP II. 

TOP II: Prepare to teach online

Register for TOP II (Weeks 4-6) if you have completed TOP I and are interested in putting theory into practice and applying what you learned in the previous course to personalize, plan, design, and create an online learning module using learning technologies to enhance learner engagement. 

Time Commitment:

Total course: Approximately 9-18 hours 

Weekly commitment: Approximately 3-6 hours per week

Pace: Learner-led

TOP II Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions informed by research and practices of online learning in higher education
  • Investigate student-centered online learning within the context of their own discipline
  • Select existing media and methods to meet specific student learning needs for a course they are developing or teaching 
  • Plan, design, and carry out projects addressing student learning needs online 
  • Develop an awareness of the complexity of online pedagogy and how this might influence their analyses and interpretations in their online teaching and learning practice

This non-credit Teaching Online Program offers digital badges that are issued to participants who successfully meet the expectations of each section.