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 and the new Distance Learning Mentorship Program (beginning Fall 2014), 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.
Spring 2014 Academy
A new section of the Academy will be open to all faculty this semester. This will run from February 24 through May 2, 2014. To enroll, please contact Staci Trekles, Director of the Office of Learning Technology.
Further Professional Development
Something big is coming! Starting in Fall of 2014, the DOC Grant will become the Distance Learning Mentorship Program. What does this mean? It means the structure of professional development incentives for developing online courses will change, but for the better. You will receive more support for what you’re doing, and meet new people in the process. Stay tuned for more details and information on this exciting new program.