OTPP - online teaching preparation programHumanized and connected teaching and learning

What is OTPP?

The Online Teaching Preparation Program (OTPP) is designed to immerse new and experienced online instructors in a fully online, humanized, connected learning experience.

After completing OTPP, faculty are prepared to design and facilitate engaging online courses enhanced with human presence, as well as dynamic student-student and faculty-student interactions. OTPP is aligned with the CI Quality Learning and Teaching (⁠⁠QLT⁠⁠) rubric.

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Why Should I Enroll?

Hear what your colleagues have to say about OTPP.

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What Faculty Say About OTPP

"I understand how to build a sense of community and personal connection with students, even in a setting in which we do not meet face to face. I actually think that an online course has the potential to create the same if not greater personal connection between instructor and students."
"...this is a must take course for faculty who plan to teach online OR who think online learning is nothing more than a glorified correspondence school."
"I knew that learning in a classroom was a social interaction, but for some reason, I left that at the door when I tried to teach online before this course. Now I get it! And, I have learned that there are so many simple (and free) tools online that can help me make the experience more personal and more social".

Who Should Enroll?

OTPP is designed specifically for instructors scheduled to teach online but we also welcome faculty who are either interested in teaching online, in redesigning an on-ground course to be online, or those seeking to infuse educational technology into their instructional practice. However, priority is given to those scheduled to teach in the upcoming semester. Ideally, participants complete OTPP 1-2 semester in advance of actually teaching online.

We are able to accommodate up to 20 participants in Course 1: Humanizing Online Learning. This course is beneficial to all faculty (face-to-face, online, or blended). In addition to experiencing online learning first-hand, you will learn techniques for humanizing any instructional setting with tools already built into Canvas.

However, Course 2: How to Design your Online Course is limited to 10 participants, with first priority given to those scheduled to teach online in the upcoming two semesters. If you are not scheduled to teach online, but space is available, additional participants will be admitted.

You can always take Humanizing Online Learning this semester, and return to take How to Design Your Online Course in a later semester prior to teaching your first online class. If now isn’t right for you, keep in mind OTPP is offered every Fall, Spring and Summer Semester.

Preparing to teach online - recommended timelineProgram Schedule

OTPP includes an intensive, community-based online course sequence. Each course sequence is followed by a Sandbox Project. As a participant in OTPP you will be given a Sandbox Course. Replace: Consider this your digital playground where you can test new skills and tools. In addition to completing two course sequences, successful program completions includes completing your Sandbox 1and Sandbox 2 Projects in which you will develop drafts of two modules you can use in your online course.

Part 1: Humanizing Online Learning: 3 Weeks

  • Paced Course Participation: February 19th - March 3rd
  • Sandbox Project 1: March 3rd - March 11th

Part 1 Course Syllabus

Part 2: How to Design your Online Course: 4 Weeks

  • Paced Course Participation: April 1st-28th

Part 2 Course Syllabus

Part 3: Sandbox Project 2

Applying what you learn in How to Design your Online Course, you will have four weeks to develop part of an online course module.

  • April 29th - May 27th


    • Know a few basic computing skills (i.e adding links, attaching files, and taking screenshots)
    • Know a few Canvas basics. If you are brand new to Canvas you will want to complete Canvas 101 first and consider participating in The Canvas Workshops. If you cannot attend the workshops, take some time to review the support documents.
    • Be available to spend 10-hours per week on online coursework and class participation Complete required assignments asynchronously (on your own time) but by the due dates! Due to the community-based nature of online learning, your presence is needed if the community is to thrive - you included!
    • Come ready to engage, interact, and connect! These are not self-paced courses.
    • Develop an e-portfolio demonstrating chosen aspects of your online course that align with the QLT rubric. ⁠⁠Visit the current ⁠Faculty Showcase⁠ to view examples and detailed directions regarding your the ePortfolio.
    • Support peers and peer-learning through the process.
    • Be open to learning, taking risks, and trying new digital tools.
    • Be ready to have fun engaging in discussions, exploring new approaches, and working together with technology.
  • In addition to facilitated personalized learning and collaboration with colleagues, participants who complete OTPP receive:

    • A digital badge, issued through Badgr, for Humanized & Connected Online Teaching and Learning that you can display in your courses and professional profiles both within and beyond the University
    • $500 Stipend

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