Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom

About this course: This course will help you ‘up’ your game and develop the advanced level skills and techniques that elude even some of the most experienced virtual teachers. We will examine the pitfalls beginning teachers run into and learn how to overcome them by focusing on the fundamentals that have the greatest impact on student learning in a blended or online environment. Throughout the course, you will be challenged to assess your own skills and apply what you are learning by creating a guide, assignment, or resource that you will be able to use in a class that you teach or hope to teach someday soon. By the end of the course, you will not only have a better understanding of the basics, you will be able to put them together like a pro and empower your future students to be voracious learners who are ready to go out and make the world a better place to live.

Created by:   University of California, Irvine

  • Chris Long

    Taught by:    Chris Long, Instructor

    UC Irvine Extension

Basic Info Course 3 of 5 in the
Virtual Teacher Specialization.
Commitment 2-4 hours/week
Language English
How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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Week 1: Handling Direct Instruction
Welcome! This week you will begin by familiarizing yourself with the course.
Then, we'll examine the role direct instruction plays in a virtual
course. I will clarify what I mean by direct instruction and we will
look at ways teachers can use some of the latest video/multimedia tools
to 'up' student engagement. By the end of this module, you should have a
good idea how you can use technology to meet your students needs and
craft a better virtual learning experience for them.
1 video, 3 readings
  1. Reading: About this Course
  2. Reading: Pre-Course Survey
  3. Lecture: catch IT: Handling Direct Instruction
  4. Reading: Week 1 Optional Resources
  5. Graded Quiz: Quiz 1
Graded: Quiz 1
Week 2: Passing with Communication and Building Relationships
Welcome to Week 2! In this module, we will focus on what we do as virtual
teachers to establish clear and open lines of communication and how we
use that to build relationships with our students. In some ways, it’s no
different than a traditional face-to-face teacher, but there are also
some significant differences. We will look at how to set up the learning
environment so you get to know your students, they get to know each
other, and everyone has a clear understanding of what's expected of them
and the role they play in your course. We will also examine how
technology enables us to personalize learning by providing feedback
using a variety of online tools.
2 videos, 1 reading
  1. Lecture: catch IT: Communication & Relationships
  2. Lecture: up IT: Blackout
  3. Reading: Week 2 Optional Resources
  4. Graded Quiz: Quiz 2
Graded: Quiz 2
Week 3: Swishing Assignments and Assessments
Our goal as teachers is to get our students to take a shot and improve
their techniques, so that over time we see their "shooting percentage"
go up! In order to do this, we must design assignments and assessments
that engage our students and challenge them to think deeper and go
further than they have done before. Our focus for this third module is
to rethink assignments and assessments. We will explore what motivates
students to perform and learn how to implement some powerful
instructional strategies using free tools that can be used in nearly any
virtual class. By the end of this module, you will have at least two
"go to" techniques that will have the virtual nets in your classes
swishing with artifacts of meaningful learning. You will also have the
opportunity to submit your assignment and evaluate three of your
classmates' work.
2 videos, 3 readings
  1. Lecture: catch IT: Swishing Assignments & Assessments
  2. Lecture: up IT - PB&J
  3. Reading: Week 3 Optional Resources
  4. Reading: Assignment & Peer Review Instructions
  5. Reading: Option 2: Peer Review QFT Template
  6. Peer Review: Final Assignment
  7. Graded Quiz: Quiz 3
Graded: Final Assignment
Week 4: Rebounding for At-Risk and Underperforming Students
Your course is underway, the discussion boards are buzzing with activity and
your students are working diligently to produce some exceptional work.
Watch out! If you are not actively searching for students hanging out on
the sidelines or hiding under the bleachers, you may be forfeiting the
greatest joy of your career. This week is going to be a little
different. We are going to turn our focus to the students who are often
lost, ignored, or troubled. We will define who an at-risk student is,
examine some effective strategies for teaching students who are at-risk
and we will hear from some educators who know how to help them rebound
and score.
2 videos, 1 reading
  1. Lecture: catch IT: Rebounding for At-Risk & Underperforming Students
  2. Lecture: up IT - Motivate & Move
  3. Reading: Week 4 Optional Resources
  4. Graded Quiz: Quiz 4
Graded: Quiz 4
Week 5: Your Best Defense is a Good Community
Welcome to our final week of class. We will finish our course by going back to
one of the basics: Community. How can a virtual teacher build an
inclusive and thriving community with their students, parents and other
teachers and why is that vital to a successful online learning
environment? We will compare the differences and similarities of an
online class community and a face-to-face one and focus on strategies to
make our virtual courses more human. Enjoy your week and thank you for
learning with us!
2 videos, 3 readings
  1. Lecture: catch IT: Your Best Defense is a Good Community
  2. Lecture: up IT - One Button to Change the Game
  3. Reading: Week 5 Optional Resources
  4. Graded Quiz: Final Quiz
  5. Reading: Message from UC Irvine Extension
  6. Reading: Post-Course Survey
Graded: Final Quiz


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