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Teaching Teachers to Teach Online (TTTOL)

Goal: The goal of this project is to develop an online course to teach teachers, trainers, lecturers and professors the necessary knowledge and skills to teach, and facilitate the learning of, students online - based on global best practice in this topic. The course is to be available for wider use from summer 2019.

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Teaching Teachers to Teach Online (TTTOL), in short, Teaching Online, is an OFQUAL-accredited online course “doing what it says on the tin”, namely teach teachers to teach online – and taught completely online. It was developed by a team of staff and consultants working for Sero Consulting Ltd under contract to Wey Education plc and is now delivered to students by Wey staff. This article provides an overview of the programme and its development.
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1 November 2018: Now that the requirements capture has been done, the syllabus creation phase has now started.
 
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A team from Sero Consulting Ltd has been contracted by an online provider to develop an accredited online course which will provide a vocational qualification in Teaching Online. This course will be used to train and upgrade the provider's current and incoming staff but the course will also be available from another online provider to any student at an affordable fee.
The course will be accredited at level 4 by an Ofqual regulated awarding organisation under the vocational accrediting scheme in force in England.
The course will initially be delivered in Canvas in a version oriented to teachers in schools and colleges with a focus on schools-level provision (ISCED 1-3). However, it is envisaged that with minor adaptation versions will be made available both for academic staff in universities and for lecturers in training providers teaching higher-level vocational qualifications. In future releases the assessment will be adapted to allow the practical work to be done in the other world-leading virtual learning environments including Blackboard, Moodle and Desire2Learn and in 'no VLE' mode.
The course is currently envisaged as 10 units of one vocational credit each, in total comprising around 100 learning hours. The assessment will test practical skills (webinars, creating content, collaborative learning, etc) as well as theoretical knowledge of online pedagogies and their application to teaching.
The development process started in August 2018 with a series of consultations with education experts across the English-speaking world and EU. In September there will be further consultations and in particular the project will be attending ALT-C 2018 in Manchester, 11-13 September. In parallel the project is seeking out consultants with knowledge of Canvas and relevant pedagogic experience who are interested in developing units.
The course will be piloted in the spring of 2019 and be available for a first operational run in the summer for provider staff, then released generally in autumn 2019.
The course will consist of the following 10 units - detailed syllabi and outcomes will be further developed and refined in consultation with potential users and experts:
1. Introduction to online learning and teaching
2. Planning your online teaching
3. Teaching and learning with asynchronous forums
4. Teaching and learning with synchronous tools
5. Content development
6. Use of open and online resources
7. Collaborative activities including wikis and blogs
8. Advanced issues in online teaching and management - analytics, AI etc
9. Sector-specific unit (schools option): teaching children online - safeguarding, digital identity, etc
10. Project and practical assessment
To find out further details or provide suggestions for content or useful experts please contact Paul Bacsich, the project manager, at paul.bacsich@sero.co.uk
 
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The goal of this project is to develop an online course to teach teachers, trainers, lecturers and professors the necessary knowledge and skills to teach, and facilitate the learning of, students online - based on global best practice in this topic. The course is to be available for wider use from summer 2019.