PIVOT Solo consists of recording clips, links, and FAQs. These are unfacilitated resources for faculty who prefer a self-directed learning experience. PIVOT Solo activity is not tracked for stipend eligibility or for earning a digital badge; please sign up for PIVOT Live or PIVOT+ for stipend eligibility and/or to earn a digital badge.

Main Topics

Organizing & Designing Online Courses (PS1)

Teaching online is very different from teaching in the classroom — both pedagogically and technologically. Explore the fundamentals of online course design and associated pedagogies. Review a variety of exemplary course designs and effective practices for organizing course content for online delivery. Learn more about the Quality Matters Rubric and its framework for preparing your course roadmap.

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Active Learning Strategies (PS2)

Research shows that active learning and student engagement can positively impact student learning. Active learning may include in-class activities, reflection, collaboration, and assessment.  This topic focuses on taking your classroom activities and re-imagining them for the online environment, including what tools are available to use and what active learning strategies you can implement into your virtual classroom.

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Student Engagement & Building Community (PS3)

Creating and maintaining a sense of community is important to an online course. Without classroom meetings, students may feel isolated from their instructors and peers. COVID-19 social distancing restrictions contribute to the sense of isolation. Incorporating synchronous and asynchronous engagement activities help students connect with course materials, each other, and you as their instructor.

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Reconceptualizing Online Assessments (PS4)

Instructional technologies provide many opportunities to support assessment and track student performance in Blackboard. While low-impact assessments are easily implemented to check knowledge or skills, authentic assessment requires students to perform real-world tasks and apply those knowledge and skills. Learn about ideas and strategies for designing, delivering, and evaluating student assessment in a virtual environment.

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Supporting Students & Monitoring Progress (PS5)

Online learning requires students to manage their time and workload. Students also learn in different ways. Explore how usability and accessibility can set your students up for success. Identify reporting tools to track student progress in your course and reduce attrition. Hear about effective practices for supporting students and increasing student success.

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