Plan & Design Summer Immersive

TeachOnline@UW: Plan & Design is an immersive and collaborative faculty learning community that helps an instructor plan, design, and begin building a quality online course. It is an opportunity to make significant progress on developing or redesigning an online course.


The program will connect participants in-person and online, immersing them in an authentic online learning experience using the Canvas learning management system. While online, participants investigate pedagogical and technological best practices and connect with one another in discussions and other interactive activities. In person, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and meet with experienced online instructors and instructional design experts to gain further insights and ideas. The program will culminate with a hands-on workshop that provides participants with support, ideas, and momentum as they start building their online course.


The full array of engagements offers new and experienced online instructors a unique opportunity to focus their efforts, interact with peers, and work to create quality and active online learning.


Program goals include:

  • Apply principles of instructional design and research-based quality standards to design/redesign online courses.

  • Experience and reflect on pedagogical and technological best practices.

  • Draft a high-level plan that aligns objectives, assessments, instructional materials, and learning activities.

  • Use proven planning tools to propel your course design.

  • Develop strategies to foster an active learning experience.

  • Access new Canvas templates to help you quickly build course content.

  • Share ideas and strategies with a community of peers who have a common goal to develop quality online courses.

Schedule and Time Commitment

This program has both online and in-person sessions.  Final dates and times are still being confirmed. Following is the tentative schedule.  Dates may change based on participants’ availability.


Sequence 1

May 21 to May 29 - Online   
Participate in 7-hour self-paced and interactive online learning experience with topics that include: Participant Orientation (2 hours), Transitioning to Online (2 hours), Course Planning (3 hours).


May 30 (Time- 3 hours TBD) - In-Person: Panel Discussion & Course Planning Workshop
Experienced online faculty will showcase their courses and share best practices.  You will also have an opportunity to discuss your course goals and share your challenges and opportunities.  There will also be dedicated time to work on your course plan and discuss ideas with an instructional designer or with other online instructors.


Sequence 2

May 30 to June 6 - Online
Participate in 6-hour self-paced and interactive online learning experience with topics that include: Objectives (2 hours) and Assessment (4 hours).


June 9  (Time TBD) - Live Webinar

Attend a one-hour interactive webinar to connect, review, and discuss topics from the second set of online modules.


Sequence 3


June 6 to June 13 - Online
Participate in 8-hour self-paced and interactive online learning experience with topics that include: Instructional Materials (4 hours) and Course Activities (3 hours), and Lessons Learned (1 hour).


June 13 (Time TBD) - Live Webinar

Attend a one-hour interactive webinar to connect, review, and discuss topics from the third set of online modules.


Sequence 4


June 13 to August 20 - Instructional Design Partnership

Use this time to continue to make progress on your course planning, content, and assessments. Meet with your instructional designer as needed.


August 21, 9 to 10:30 a.m. (date being confirmed)- Final In-Person Meeting  (optional lab time available after the meeting)

Attend a 1.5 hour meeting to discuss and share any challenges, inspirations, and questions about developing your online course.  There will also be optional work time to continue to build your online course, work to complete your course plan, or discuss ideas with your colleagues.


Week of August 20 - Canvas Training (Optional)

In-Person Canvas training will be provided.


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