Taking Your Course Online

An Interdisciplinary Journey

Edited by:
Kathleen M. Torrens, University of Rhode Island
José A. Amador, University of Rhode Island

Published 2012

This book focuses on online pedagogy and the challenges and opportunities incumbent in the transformation of a face-to-face college course. It is intended as a resource and support for new online teachers – a source of ideas and strategies from a variety of disciplinary perspectives as well as pedagogical perspectives – and for those experienced in the online environment. The book meets the needs of faculty new to online teaching by providing them a wide variety of perspectives on the online transition – e.g. pedagogical, multidisciplinary, class size and level – by faculty with varying degrees of previous experience who have recently made the transition from face-to-face to online. Their advice and recollections offer a fresh, contemporary perspective on the subject. For administrators and faculty experienced with online instruction, the collection works as a resource for ideas intended to sustain the vibrancy and efficacy of the online environment.

Taking Your Course Online includes the experiences of a cohort of faculty that responded to a University - wide call for faculty interested in developing online courses for summer session. This group participated in a series of workshops that addressed various aspects of developing online courses and online pedagogy. All of the authors taught their new online course over a subsequent 10-week summer session, and many of them have done so subsequently as well. Their experiences have great currency in the ever-changing world of online teaching. Because the collection represents the work of teachers exposed to best practices and many discussions concerning rigor, assessment, and accountability, it provides support for the viability of online teaching/learning in an environment frequently plagued by doubts about its effectiveness.

Practitioners using this book will learn how to turn their face-to-face course into an online course successfully, understand best practices for transitioning courses/online teaching, minimize errors and avoid pitfalls in the transition process, and maximize learning. Faculty development professionals can use this book as a resource to teach faculty from a wide range of disciplines how to transition from the actual to the virtual classroom. Administrators such as deans and program chairs will gain useful insights into ways to think about taking entire programs online, as well as how to guide faculty in their development of pedagogical
skills pertinent to online learning.

Preface. Foreword. Acknowledgements. Introduction, Kathleen M. Torrens. SECTION I: HUMANITIES. Transforming a Media Studies Course: Application of Asynchronous and Textual Technologies, Ian Reyes. Toward Universal Design In Learning: Converting a Writing/Disability Studies Course From Physical to Virtual Space, Celest Martin. Transformative Teaching: From Classroom Lectern to Internet-Based Learning Platforms, Adam David Roth. Converting Immediacy to the Online Classroom: A Course in Family Communication, Rachel DiCioccio. SECTION II: SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS. Teaching Sociology Online: Some Experiences, Problems, and Proposed Solutions, Barbara J. Costello. Introduction to Soil Science: Transforming a Problem-Based Learning Course to Online, José A. Amador. Creating a First Online Course in the Mathematics Department, James Baglama. SECTION III: THE PROFESSIONS. Design Professions and Online Instruction: An Introduction to Landscape Architecture, Farhad Atash. Professional Practice in Health and Illness: An Online Transformation, Kara Misto. Conclusions. And in Conclusion, José A. Amador and Kathleen Torrens. About the Authors. Contributor List.

"If there is an online course in your immediate future, this collection of dispatches from the frontlines will be useful reading." Lance Pape Brite Divinity School in Teaching Theology and Religion (Read full review)