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Getting Started: The First Step Towards Online Learning (8/1 - 8/17/12)

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This online workshop, hosted by The Sloan Consortium, introduces potential faculty and/or administrators to online education fundamentals and is a prerequisite to both the Online Teaching Certificate and the Blended Teaching Certificate programs. Not only will you discuss the concepts but you’ll use the technologies to gain practical "hands-on" experience.


Registration Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2012

Workshop: August 1 - August 17, 2012

  • Start Time -  August 1st at 12pm ET. Please introduce yourself and begin reviewing materials
  • Workshop Orientation - Wednesday, August 1st at 4pm EST
  • Workshop Officially Closes - Friday, August 17th. All workshop materials will be available for one year

Learning Objectives:

  •     Compare in person vs. online teaching, including expectations, role adjustments, & course design
  •     Apply the principles of effective participation through chat and discussion
  •     Use synchronous and asynchronous technologies
  •     Prepare for managing online classes, workload and resources

Resources Provided:

  1.     A Logitech Headset
  2.     Presentations, readings, links, discussion threads and other materials, viewable online for 1 year
  3.     1 hour live workshop orientation
  4.     1 hour live panel discussion - Participation in live Q&A
  5.     Access of viewing of recorded live sessions  for 1 year


Sandra Coswatte
has worked with the Sloan Consortium as a consultant since 2008. She works as an events producer for workshops and webinars. In addition, she also works on Sloan-C social networking. Outside of Sloan-C, Sandra serves as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Phoenix and South University. She has been teaching online and in person at the Boston and Pittsburgh campuses with the University of Phoenix and Axia College since 2003. Sandra has also taught for 3 years at West Virginia University in the Freshman Year Experience program. Sandra has a B.A. in psychology and a M.S. in Community Agency Counseling from California University of PA as well as a M.A. in Higher Education Leadership and Administration from West Virginia University.

Arreguin is a trained instructional designer and educational technologist with 4+ years of Second Life educational experience. She lives, works and collaborates at a distance from my home in the Sierra foothills of Central California. With many years in both K12 and non-profit work, developing curriculum, training and educational media for both children and adults, she now divides her time developing instructions and in supporting educators in the uses of educational technologies for both K12 and higher education.  Her specialties include distance and online education, social media, virtual worlds and professional development.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Where is the workshop?

These workshops hosted by Sloan-C will be delivered solely online. Click here for an example of how the live sessions are conducted online

Is there any cost for me (or my department) to participate?

These workshops are solely sponsored by the Distance Education Department at USI. There is no cost to you or your department for you to participate the workshops. However, seats are limited - it is on a first come first served basis and the full time faculty members have reservation priorities.

Where can I view all the workshop options and how do I Sign up?

Please go to to register. To learn more about these workshop, please click on the red "learn more" link at

What kind of equipment do I need?

You will need to have access to a computer with High Speed Internet connection and a headset everyday during the workshop period. The Distance Learning Office will provide each faculty participant a headset.

The workshop usually runs two weeks long. Do I need to meet the class every day? How much time commitment is required to participate?

These workshops usually involve one hour live session for orientation andone hour live session for panel discussion. The rest of the learning activities will be conducted using asynchronous communication tools just like how faculty would teach an online class.  Thus, no specific date/time is required for participation except the live sessions.  

All the live sessions will be recorded, so participants who cannot join the live meetings can watch the recordings later. Specific learning objective/outcome is determined for each week. You will probably spend 3-5 hours per week to participate depending on the weekly tasks assigned. The workshop participants will follow the instructions to access provided learning materials while engaging online discussions with other learners. Since these workshops are not conducted in the traditional format (instructor centered), self-motivated learning collaboration will be encouraged and reinforced.

There will be lots discussions between participants throughout the workshop period. It is highly recommended that every faculty participant login to the course site once a day or at least 5 times a week, so you can follow (fully participate) the class discussion throughout the learning period.




Have questions about Getting Started: The First Step Towards Online Learning (8/1 - 8/17/12)? Contact The Distance Learning Office at USI


The Distance Learning Office at USI

Workshop provided by Sloan Consortium and sponsored by the Distance Learning Office at USI. For more information, please contact us at (812) 228-5124 or email to Thanks!

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