Welcome to the Teaching Online for continuing studies instructors blog site!
This blog came about after many conversations, considerations and sleepless nights. Well, maybe not completely sleepless, but it’s funny how sometimes the most intense thinking comes at 3:00 in the morning. Well, the conversations, considerations and 3:00 am thought processes all revolved around how to find ways of “talking” to instructors who teach online in continuing studies units.
In my experience, you’re a diverse bunch of experts in a variety of subjects, but you all have other jobs, and busy lives. You work individually with continuing studies staff and perhaps with instructional designers and technical/media support personnel, but you don’t always get the chance to talk to others who teach online courses, or to engage in professional development around teaching online.
So, based on my experiences as an instructional designer for distance programs at the University of Victoria and the University of Regina, I wanted to do something that would address best practices in online teaching that online instructors working for continuing studies units could access anytime they liked, something that could be contributed to by online instructors and other staff working in continuing studies, and something that would lead to some cross-institutional community building.
So, a blog. Why a blog? Well, you don’t have to sign in…you can access it whenever, and from wherever you like. And, since it’s open, it can be seen and commented on by others who do what you do from all over the world!
Oh, I guess I should also tell you who I am, as the administrator and grand poobah of this blog site. I’m Emily Schudel, an Instructional Designer formerly at the Distance Learning Division and Centre for Academic Technologies at the University of Regina, at Distance Education Services (Continuing Studies), University of Victoria, and as of November 18th, 2013, at the Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning at Camosun College (Victoria). So, if you have any questions, comments, or anything you would like to be posted here on the blog, I’m the one to contact!
My pledge: to post to this site, once every couple of weeks, something (an article, links, commentaries) on an issue related to best practices in online teaching and learning. And you can feel free to read, comment, or send me ideas or contributions! I’m happy to spread the workload around.
Thanks, and we’ll see you on the blog!