Course Activity and Digital Badge

Each registered participant will develop one activity that employs various concepts and strategies introduced in the course. Participants will be asked to complete assignments in between the course segments that support the learning objectives and will receive feedback and constructive critique from the facilitator on how to improve and shape their work. Those registered participants that successfully complete the entire activity will receive an EDUCAUSE digital badge recognizing their accomplishment.

Schedule and Activities

Session 1: One Size Doesn’t Fit All: The Importance of Institutional Context in Evaluating Online Teaching (J Mandernach)

November 17, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET; convert to your time zone.

In this session, we examine a sequential decision-making process that considers the focus, nature, and purpose driving the development and implementation of a system for evaluating online teaching. Our interactions provide a foundation for creating an online teaching evaluation that meets the unique needs of each institution.

Session Activity

Participants will identify context-specific considerations of their institutions that influence the evaluation of online teaching.


Session 2: Preparing Faculty for the Evaluation Process: Informal Methods and Tools (A Taylor)

November 29, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET; convert to your time zone.

Despite being able to see your students’ faces in the physical classroom, it’s difficult to sense whether they’re “getting it.” In the online classroom, this can be even trickier! Here we’ll look at a number of different strategies for getting online teaching feedback that can be used to inform practice.

Session Activity

Participants will examine the feedback tools shared in this session and share how they might adapt one of these (or another they identify) for their own purposes.


Session 3: Employment Decisions: Peer and Administrative Evaluation of Online Teaching (T Tobin)

December 6, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET; convert to your time zone.

Participants will build on the skills from Sessions 1 and 2 to construct a plan for evaluating online teaching for employment-related decisions (promotion, tenure, adjunct continuation). We will examine goals for summative evaluation, role-play administrative observations, and review five places to look online for evidence of teaching behaviors.

Session Activity

Participants will examine two online courses and apply the 5-places-to-look criteria to their observations.