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Courses in Online Teaching

The Reinert Center offers support to instructors for the full continuum of teaching online including: preparing to teach online for the first time, online course design, and assessment of online courses, as well as strategies and techniques for effective online teaching. Below is our current list of full, online seminar offerings. To find other resources on online teaching visit our resources pages.

Our online seminars are intensive courses that span one or more weeks with content and activities designed to provide opportunities for participants to learn about areas of online teaching in which they are most interested. The seminars are all asynchronous and hosted through the campus CMS, currently Blackboard. Seminars are scheduled throughout the academic year in order to promote participation and engagement among the cohort of instructors enrolled in each offering.

Introduction to Online Teaching

The Introduction to Online Teaching is a fully-online seminar that provides a pedagogical foundation for Saint Louis University faculty who are new to the online teaching environment. By the end of the course, faculty will have a draft design plan for an online course designed to meet the University’s Online Course Design Rubric.

The Introduction to Online Teaching is offered multiple times per year and is offered through the University’s learning management system (LMS), which currently is Blackboard. It is offered in both a 4 week and a 2 week accelerated format.  It provides faculty an opportunity to gain the experience of an online “student” and to experience a fully-online course that has been designed to align with the University’s Online Course Design Rubric. 

Faculty enrolled in the course will receive access to required textbook and will have ongoing access to the Blackboard course site even after the seminar ends. Those who successfully complete the seminar will have met the University’s policy requiring online faculty to receive formal preparation in online pedagogy.

For more information about this online seminar, please contact Sandy Gambill at sandy.gambill@slu.edu. To find out when the course will be offered next, please see the Reinert Center’s Events page.

Accessibility in Online Formats

The Accessibility in Online Formats seminar is a week-long immersive experience focusing on accessibility standards as well as strategies for designing accessible course materials, navigation features, and learning activities in online environments. This seminar is offered to Saint Louis University instructors who have completed the Introduction to Online Teaching seminar and plan on going through the peer review process administered by the Distance Education Office. 

By the end of the seminar, instructors will develop a better understanding of key accessibility requirements and Standard 8 in the University’s Online Course Design rubric. More importantly, participants will gain practical experience designing accessible course features in an online course of their choosing.

The Accessibility in Online Formats seminar is offered multiple times per year through the University’s learning management system, which is currently Blackboard. It is currently offered in a one-week accelerated format. Faculty are expected to spend 5-8 hours completing seminar content, readings, activities, and discussions. 

Instructors enrolled in this seminar will receive access to required seminar materials and continue to have access to the course site even after the seminar ends.

For more information about this online seminar, please contact Eric Royer at eric.royer@slu.edu.  

To find out when the course will be offered next, please see the Reinert Center’s Events page.