ONL 101: Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning


Fall 2014 (all courses are 6 weeks):

  • August 4 - September 14 (fully online)
  • September 15 - October 26 ** Hybrid - meets on the main campus in Suite IC104 Friday’s at 2:30pm-3:30pm.
  • October 27 - December 7 (fully online)

Spring 2015 (all courses are 6 weeks):

  • January 19 - March 1 (fully online)
  • March 2 - April 12 ** Hybrid - meets on the main campus in Suite IC104 Friday’s at 2:30pm-3:30pm.
  • March 30 - May 10 (fully online)
In order to teach for OTC Online, you are required to complete this course with a grade of 80% or higher and meet all other required credentials. This course is worth 20 professional development hours and requires a time commitment of at least seven hours per week. Once the course begins, no refunds will be issued.

Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning is offered as a four-week or eight-week professional development training class delivered asynchronously online via Blackboard. ONL 101 is an introduction to the Blackboard course management system and an overview of course design and pedagogical considerations for online teaching and learning. The assignments build on one another to create a basic sequence of instruction that will help learners cultivate skills and techniques for online course development. To facilitate the design and organization of course materials, learners will each be given access to an individual practice course in Blackboard. Learners will interact with the course instructor and fellow online instructors in an asynchronous online format while creating online-course content.

Learners will learn the following skills:
  • Analyze the ways instructors and learners interact through technology as the first step toward designing an effective online course.
  • Design an integrated plan for an online course that balances teaching strategies, learner needs, and a variety of online technology.
  • Develop a basic sequence of instruction in Blackboard that applies this course design to specific tools in the course management system.
  • Implement the materials to be used in the sequence of instruction, including adapting content for text, images, audio, video, and other media formats.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the instructional designs of several participants through a process of peer- and self-evaluation, with a focus on how the designs achieve a balanced, integrated approach to online teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching and learning strategies appropriate to an online course through active participation in all course discussions and activities.
  • Apply all relevant OTC Online guidelines and expectations for the development and delivery of online courses.

This course earns OTC employees 20 hours of Professional Development.

Fees are as follows:

  • Free to current OTC Employees - No Tuition Waivers needed
  • $50 For Non-OTC Employees (Please contact the Cashiers Office at 417-447-4827 or email to make a payment) 
If more information is needed please contact Nicki Dickson at

** Enrollment cannot begin until fees are paid. OTC Online training courses are offered on a limited basis; scheduling is determined by identified need and levels of interest. Completion of ONL 101: Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning does not imply a guaranteed teaching opportunity at OTC or any other institution. Contact specific department chair for more information about teaching online.