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eLearning & Instructional Technology

TOTAL Workshops

The major goal of the Topics in Online Teaching and Learning (TOTAL) project is to provide a flexible, modularized professional development program for Virginia Community College System (VCCS) faculty who teach hybrid or online courses. The workshops are short learning modules, created in Blackboard, that address the competencies necessary to support student success in online learning. Unlike some of the credit-bearing faculty professional development offerings available [for example, EDU 285 (TOP) and EDU 287 (IDOL)], the TOTAL workshops will allow faculty to focus on what they need with small time investments in an anywhere, anytime format.

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Workshop Topics (14 Topics):

  • Making Your Courses Accessible
  • Using Best Practices in Online Teaching
  • Copyright, Fair Use, and TEACH Act
  • Developing Collaborative Activities
  • Establishing a Social Presence
  • Designing Meaningful Discussion Activities
  • Facilitating Discussion Forums
  • Designing Rubrics & Providing Feedback
  • Implementing Open Educational Resources
  • Time Management Strategies
  • Writing Directions
  • Preparing Student Learning Objectives
  • Blackboard Basics
  • Captioning Media

These workshops are free and open to any adjunct or full-time instructors. These are short 2-4 week courses that cover a variety of topics related to teaching distance learning and hybrid courses and can be used to satisfy the teaching with technology professional development requirement for either distance/hybrid faculty or in-class faculty. Completion of a minimum of 10 weeks of workshop will satisfy this requirement. All of these TOTAL workshops have required activities. The assignments are graded; all assignments must be completed; and an overall grade of 80% is required to receive a VCCS certificate of completion.

Registration, certification, and record-keeping are done in the Knowledge Center. Certificates of completion will be generated automatically for participants marked "Completed".

Here are the recommendations of workshops for those that are new to teaching online, those that are developing/redesigning courses, or those that want to improve skills.

Faculty who are new to teaching online (9 Weeks):
  • Using Best Practices in Online Teaching (4 weeks)
  • Time Management Strategies (2 weeks)
  • Establishing Social Presence (3 weeks)
Faculty who are developing new courses and/or redesigning existing courses (12 Weeks):
  • Preparing Student Learning Objectives (2 weeks)
  • Writing Directions (3 weeks)
  • Designing Meaningful Discussion Activities (3 weeks)
  • Designing Rubrics & Providing Feedback (4 weeks)
Experience faculty who are looking to improve their skills (10 Weeks)
  • Facilitating Discussion Forums (4 weeks)
  • Developing Collaborative Activities (2 weeks)
  • Using Best Practices in Online Teaching (4 weeks)
Special Topics:
  • Implementing Open Educational Resources (3 weeks)
  • Pilot of Captioning workshop (2 weeks)
  • Copyright, Fair Use & TEACH Act (2 weeks)
  • Making Your Courses Accessible (4 weeks)

Instructions for Accessing TOTAL Workshops via the Knowledge Center:

  1. Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center:
  2. Go to Learning Center >> Course Catalog
  3. Enter Keywords: VCCS: TOTAL in the Search Text box. Click Search.
  4. Click on the course link of the course in which you would like to enroll, e.g. VCCS: TOTAL Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback Workshop
  5. Click on the BRCC section.
  6. Click Enroll. You will see that your status changes to “Enrolled.” You will also see a statement confirming the date you enrolled: e.g. ¬†You enrolled in this item on 1/13/2014.
  7. After enrolling, you will be able to see the course(s) in which you are enrolled in the Scheduled Training box located on My Homepage: Home >> My Workspace >> My Homepage.

If you have questions or need assistance regarding the Knowledge Center, please contact Sarah Miller or Carly Johnson in Human Resources. If you have any questions about the workshop format and content, please contact Carrie Halpin in eLearning & Instructional Technology (eLIT).

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