How to Participate
On-line Coffee Hours and CIRTLCasts
Most CIRTL activities will be conducted live on-line, jointly with other institutions across the network. To participate in these, you will need register at www.cirtl.net/user/login. A University of Rochester e-mail address is required. Allow a day or two for registration to be processed.
Once you have login credentials, you can access any CIRTL offerings from across the entire network, from wherever you are. See the Calendar for listings of coming events.
You can alternatively join Coffee Hours and CIRTLCasts in the company of others from both the River and Medical campuses. These gatherings will usually be held on the River Campus, hosted by CETL staff who will stay behind for anyone interested in continuing the conversation. Look out for e-mails announcing these, and please reply so we can arrange a suitable space.
Courses at Rochester
The Warner School offered a new course — EDE484: Online Teaching and Learning — in Fall 2012; it is hoped that it will be offered again in Fall 2013. It could be of particular interest to doctoral students and post-docs interested in faculty positions. Please contact Pam Black-Colton, Warner Admission Director, at 275-6338, should you have any questions about the course that are not covered by the information below.
Over the past few years, we have heard from several individuals who have been searching for faculty positions that more and more institutions are expecting candidates to be willing and able to teach some courses online. The University of Rochester itself has recognized that some forms of online learning can greatly enhance the student experience, and is beginning to explore ways to best capitalize on the potential of online learning and teaching. Many professionals are also increasingly looking for online opportunities for continuing education, as a way to meet their specialized need and fit their work schedule. For all of these reasons, we thought it was important to offer a course that would introduce future faculty to key issues and practices regarding online teaching and learning.
EDE 484: Online Teaching and Learning
Provides masters-level and doctoral-level students with an introduction to the theory and practice of online teaching and learning, with a focus on higher education and professional development. The course will explore four major themes: the evolution of online teaching and learning since the early 1970’s; the contemporary research surrounding online student learning; online instructional tools and their potential uses; and, online instructional practices and pedagogy. Students in this course will have the opportunity to personally experience various forms of online learning, and use these shared experiences to examine the potential and limitations of each for diverse learners; they will benefit from the wisdom of practice shared by a number of guest speakers who have engaged in various forms of online teaching; and they will also learn from developing an applied project around online teaching that links theory with practice. By the end of this course students will have a foundation for designing and delivering online courses in a way that supports student engagement, student reflection, and active instructor involvement.