Advanced Topics Online Teaching/Learning

Florida Atlantic University
Center for Teaching and Learning
Faculty Learning Community 2010-2011
Advanced Topics Online Teaching/Learning
Dr. Mara Schiff
Associate Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs
This FLC is designed to follow-up on a very successful FLC on a similar topic.
The previous FLC was designed for those already engaged in online teaching, and
explored strategies and processes to enhance student engagement, creativity,
critical thinking, and active learning in online courses. The success of that
experience, combined with the commitment and active engagement of its multidisciplinary participants, suggested that a deeper examination of critical issues
inherent in online teaching would be productive. To that end, this FLC will be
exploring aspects of the technological, ethical, policy and practical issues
surrounding online teaching and learning. Thus, the focus of this FLC is to
examine and discuss advanced topics in the design, development, delivery and
evaluation of online courses at FAU, and it is recommended for faculty who have
already taught at least two online courses and can use their own unique
experiences to support and enhance the group. Participants will co-create the
group by leading meetings on topics in which they have particular expertise.
Upon completion of this FLC, participants will have expanded their skills in:
 using advanced technological strategies for online instruction;
 creatively using online tools to enhance student learning (i.e. social
networking, gaming, web-quests, use of video/TV clips, thematic
environments, word games, collaboration, competency-based learning, etc);
 effectively using complex online resources (free shareware, testing, avatars,
interactive media, in addition to those mentioned above) in online courses;
 understanding the guidelines that enable faculty, students and administration
to deliver quality online programs;
 measuring personal and student success in online teaching and learning;
 delivering quality online programs to large and small graduate and
undergraduate classes;
 encouraging student interaction and building community in an electronic
Meeting Time: Selected Fridays at 10:30 AM or Tuesdays at 1 PM - Boca Campus
You will receive a $1,000 stipend for your active participation in the FLC and upon
fulfilling all FLC expectations. These expectations include attendance at 80% of the
group meetings, participation in the FLC’s project and the scholarship of teaching and
completion of the end of experience feedback survey.