The PNC Online Academy for Effective Instruction is an online course in Blackboard Learn offered during the spring and fall semesters for all interested faculty who are looking to learn how to enhance their online teaching skills. Enrolled faculty members learn how to design and develop a distance learning or hybrid course, as well as how to enhance their face-to-face courses using Blackboard – all while using strong pedagogical principles. The Academy, as well as the Develop an Online Course (DOC) Grant program, are informed by research in instructional design and online teaching and learning, including the Quality Matters initiative, a long-recognized leader in online course quality.
Staci Trekles, Director of the Office of Learning and Technology, facilitates this course and provides support, expertise, and guidance for Academy members.
Learn more about what faculty have to say about the Online Academy in a Valpolife.com article.
Fall 2013 Academy
A new section of the Academy will be open to all faculty this semester. This will run from October 7 through December 13, 2013. To enroll, please contact Staci Trekles, Director of the Office of Learning Technology.
Develop an Online Course (DOC) Grant Opportunity
While it is not required to be part of the Academy, you may also be interested in the Design an Online Course (DOC) Grant program. The DOC Grant provides a stipend to faculty interested in developing a new online course, and helps ensure that the course meets a research-based standard of quality in online teaching and learning.
Interested in participating? Download the DOC Grant Application – Fall 2013 (Word DOC)