New Workshops & Resources for Online Course Design at Western

Western's Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Instructional Technology Resource Centre (ITRC) have launched multiple initiatives for departments and instructors to support moving courses online.

1. ABC Online Course Design Workshop

This rapid course development workshop is ideal for instructors looking to shift their in-person course to online or blended offerings. Participants will leave the 2-hour workshop with a storyboard of their new course design and ideas for steps in the development of their online course. Head to our ABC Online Course Design Workshop page for 3 ways to participate:

  • Complete the workshop independently on the website
  • Book a session for a department or group of instructors
  • Register for an open session (limited availability, more to be added)

2. Getting Started in OWL

The ITRC has launched "Getting Started in OWL", a self-guided series that leads you through introductory topics for building a course in OWL, including "Introduction to OWL", "Creating a Course Site", "Configuring the Site's Settings", and "Uploading and Organizing Content Files". This series is still in development and more lessons will be added soon, including topics about OWL Lessons, student activities, and grading.

3. Open Instructional Skills Workshop Online

Due to popular demand we have launched a compressed, self-guided version of our Instructional Skills Workshop Online called Open ISWO. Join the site and complete the lessons at your own pace. Lessons include Building Community, Building Lessons, and Putting Theory into Practice.

4. Apply Templates to Your OWL Site

Looking for a head start in applying the principles you learned in our Rapidly Moving Courses Online video series to your course? The ITRC offers basic and advanced OWL Course Site templates that can be applied to your OWL site and follows these best practices. Register for a OWL Template Q&A to learn more.

5. Open and Bookable Consults

Working through our online materials might raise unique questions that are best answered in conversation with some eLearning specialists. To do so, consider booking a Group Q&A with your department, or register for an Open Online Course Design Q&A. Instructions for both sessions can be found on our Book a Consult page.

We look forward to seeing you at a future event!