Preparing Faculty To Teach Online – Fall 2005 Courses

July 20, 2005

The Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR) program would like to announce our early fall course offerings. The MVCR series of online courses are designed to help faculty members acquire skills and knowledge needed to effectively teach online. They were created as part of a greater mission to promote the effective use of networked information technologies, to enhance traditional classroom instruction, and to build the foundations for developing, delivering, and supporting online education throughout the world. More about this stimulating program can be found at These courses are part of the Sloan-C Excellence in ALN Faculty Development award winning services of the Illinois Online Network.

Current 8-week fully-online instructor-led courses open for registration:

Online Learning: An Overview
In its 7th year, our flagship course provides an introduction and overview of the key elements of an online program and online teaching and learning.

Student Assessment in Online Courses
This course addresses various assessment formats that can be used for evaluating students in online courses. Rubrics and other practical means are discussed as well as alternative assessments and their potential in online courses.

Instructional Design for Online Course Development
This course introduces instructional design principles and relates the principles to the development of online courses.

Encouraging Communication in Online Courses
This course addresses how to promote effective communication and synergy among students and between students and instructors in online courses including how to develop effective discussion activities and facilitation techniques.

NOTE: All courses start on August 17, 2005.

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