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Teaching Commons presents eLearning workshops

Feb 26, 2014, 9:30am-12:30pm

Welcome to York University’s introductory courses for those who would like to explore and develop blended and online learning in their teaching. We are currently offering two courses, a one-day eLearning "boot camp' and eLearning@York course, to support faculty members to use eLearning in teaching. These two courses are both offered twice a year. Either or both courses may be taken.

The philosophy of these courses is based on experiential learning. Participants combine learning about pedagogic theory with practical interventions and reflective hands-on practice. The 'boot camp's delivered face to face in one session. The eLearning @York course expands on what is learned in the 'boot camp', but can be undertaken on its own. The course is delivered partly online and partly in face to face sessions, with tasks to complete between sessions. The face to face sessions include seminars with a tutor and peers and hands-on activities. (See details below). Satisfactory completion of all requirements will lead to an accredited (SEDA) certificate.

For the winter 2013-2014 semester, the schedules of the two courses are:

  • eLearning 'Boot Camp' – one day hands-on course, May 27, 2014, 10 -3pm, TEL 2118
  • eLearning@York course, February 26 2014, 9.30 -12.30. NB This is a blended course with 2 face to face meetings and 6 online modules
    • face to face one: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 9.30 -12.30 in TEL 1014
    • face to face two: Wednesday, April 9th 2014,9.30 -12.30 in TEL 1014

eLearning ‘boot camp’ — Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 10 – 3pm, in TEL 2118. This one day intensive course is designed to provide you with ‘basic training’ for getting started with eLearning. The focus will be on developing your course and the most effective approaches to achieving your learning and teaching goals. However, there will be plenty of hands-on work and the opportunity to try out various eLearning tools, including some clever ones in Moodle you may not know exist!

To register online go to

eLearning@York course
The next course is scheduled to start on February 26, 9.30 – 12.30, in TEL 1014 ( The second face to face meeting is schedule on Wednesday, April 9th 2014,9.30 -12.30 in TEL 1014).

To register,

Course guidelines 2013-2014:(

Criteria for Participation
All participants will have the opportunity to adapt or develop a blended or fully online course. They will also participate in the evaluation of their own and peers' eLearning courses. Therefore, it is not necessary for participants to be scheduled to teach online in the academic year, but you may wish to focus on a course you are already teaching or plan to develop. No experience of developing eLearning is required.

The Learning Approach
Participants will engage in a range of learning activities, including reading articles, listening to presentations, engaging in group work, contributing to online and in person discussions, and developing various components of their eLearning project online. The course design is based on the assumption that all participants will be actively engaged in the course activities, discussions, contribute to self and peer reflections, finish hands-on practices and other assigned assignments within the allocated time frame as instructed. It is expected that participant will invest on an average of 1–2 hours per week online and follow various deadlines.

Programme Outline

Face to face session 1 Establish community, introduction to the course requirements and delivery mode.
Online work You will work through 3 online modules in your own time, including individual and group work. Module one is a short module focusing on get everyone acquainted and comfortable with Moodle production and practice environment. And it will not take you more than one hour to finish. Module 2 or 3 requires around 1-2 hours per week (you are given two weeks for each module) to complete but you may choose to spend more time on aspects of particular interest to you, your students and your context.
  1. Introduction and getting started
  2. The design for motivation — set the destination for your students
  3. The design for content — select and structure contents for your course
Face to face session 2 For this session we will focus on
  • addressing any emerged issues/topics in the first three online module
  • design to enable active learning online
  • copyright in blended learning
  • Accessibility
Online work After the 2nd face to face session, you will work through 4 online modules in your own time. Similar to modules 2 and 3, it is anticipated you will have two weeks to work on each module and spend 1-2 hours per week. The exception is module 4. This is a module with multiple sessions. For each session, you are expected to work 1-2 hours each week for two weeks.
  1. Design and develop your learning objects
  2. The design for interaction — build a community of inquiry online
  3. Reflecting and looking forward — evaluation
Development phase (required for SEDA certificate applicants) You will put your design in production. During this time you can call on your instructors for support as necessary. The course room will remain available for all participants for one year. You can also make use of the Moodle course room to call for the assistance and opinions from your peers.
Delivery and evaluation (required for SEDA certificate applicants) You will deliver and evaluate your project within a year of the start. You can contact your instructor for support. The course room will remain available for all participants for one year. You can also make use of the Moodle course room to call for the assistance and opinions from your peers.
Symposium (required for SEDA certificate applicants) You are encouraged to share your learning with colleagues at York’s Teaching in Focus (TIF) annual conference or another agreed professional context. You will present the findings from development and evaluation of your own course and listen to those of your peers. The wider York community will be invited to attend. The next TIF conference will be held on May 22nd, 2014.

All face to face sessions will take place in TEL1014 unless otherwise specified.

To enquire further or express your interest in enrolling in the course, please email Ellen Sims, or Yelin Su, To register for the course, please fill in the registration form below. We look forward to your participation on this innovative and timely course.

Location:1014 TEL
Sponsor:York University Teaching Commons
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