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Designed for educators who are interested in a basic introduction to online teaching, this competency-based learning pathway covers the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to support your learners with care, empathy, and compassion. The experience will introduce you to both the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching online. Complete the competencies, and you’ll learn about the myths of online learning, the community of inquiry (CoI) model, and how to leverage your teaching, cognitive, and social presence to engage online students.

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Online Instructor

The Online Instructor Pathway is comprised of five core competencies that are aligned to relevant content, practice activities, and self-assessments. The competencies are based on the community of inquiry (CoI) model. The CoI model is

Upon completion of all five competencies, iDesign will award you a Fundamentals of Online Teaching Track Completion Certificate, which you can use to enhance your résumé, CV, or professional web presence. A community of inquiry is a “group of individuals who collaboratively engage in purposeful critical discourse and reflection to construct personal meaning and confirm mutual understanding” (Garrison, D. R., Anderson, T., & Archer, W. 2000). We truly hope this pathway will give you the stepping-stones you need to form your own community of inquiry to build supportive online environments.

Garrison, D. R., Anderson, T., & Archer, W. (2000). Critical inquiry in a text-based environment: Computer conferencing in higher education model. The Internet and Higher Education, 2(2-3), 87-105.

Instructional Technologist Curriculum

Myths of Online Teaching and Learning
Introduction to the Community of Inquiry
Teaching Presence
Social Presence
Cognitive Presence