Online teaching in international higher education

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From hardware and software to international collaboration and outreach

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Live dates: 
Monday, 6 July 2020 to Friday, 24 July 2020
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Mondays and Thursdays at 17.00 CEST
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Aims and scope: 

This teacher training course provides an advanced introduction to online teaching in international higher education. The course is intended for experienced teachers with a PhD or equivalent and a minimum of three years of teaching experience in higher education. Therefore, the course will not spend time on general aspects of teaching in higher education, but focus instead on the specifics of teaching online and the opportunities this offers for international relations and outreach.

The course covers all main aspects of online teaching in international environments. It starts by analysing how to set up your studio, where you will learn about internet connections, cameras, lighting, capture cards, microphones, monitors, computers, desk management, and all things related to hardware you will need to know in order to excel in online teaching. The second part of the course deals with managing students, and discusses all the software that can help you manage your relation with them, from video conferencing and online learning platforms to content management systems you can use to build your own website. It also introduces gamification and its role in online teaching and learning. The third part of the course will introduce you to the opportunities that online teaching offers in international higher education, from international collaboration to international students and international sources of funding. The final part of the course will introduce you to livestreaming and how to use social networks to promote your teaching beyond your class. 

By the end of the course, you should be able to deliver your first lecture online to your students, discuss with them by video conference, invite a guest lecturer, livestream your lecture on Youtube or Facebook, assess student progress, and measure student satisfaction by using online methods.

Methodology: 
In this course you will be part of a small class of up to 15 participants. Two weekly 1h meetings for three weeks plus assignments will allow you to cover the main topics of the course and prepare a capstone project. This final project will consist in a public livestreamed lecture, delivered by you with the assistance of a small team of colleagues, in which you will have to apply and demonstrate all you have learned throughout the course. After completing all the course requirements and successfully delivering this final capstone project, you will receive a certificate of proficiency in online teaching in international higher education. There are limited scholarships available for teachers at partner institutions of the EUROSCI Network (one per partner institution).
Topics: 
I. Setting up your studio. Internet connection. Cameras. Lighting. Microphones. Capture cards. Computers. Desk management. II. Managing students. Video conferencing systems. Online learning platforms. Content management systems. Gamification. III. Working together across borders. Inviting guest lecturers. Merging student classes across borders. Applying for international funding. International networking. IV. Reaching out. Livestreaming on YouTube and Facebook. Managing social networks. V. Capstone project.
Indicative reading: 
There is not a single textbook for this course. Indicative reading: Malinovski, R. (2020). Zoom meetings: the complete guide for video conferences, remote working, online meetings, live streams and webinars. Amazon; Armsmiller, P. (2020). Zoom #2020: complete beginners guide to getting started with Zoom for meeting, webinar, businesses, live stream, video conferencing etc. Amazon; Colligan, P. (2016). How to stream video live 2016: Expand your reach in minutes with live video through Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, Livestream, Meerkat and more - even if you hate being on camera. Colligan.com; Richards, P. W. (2019). Helping your church live stream. Paul Richards; Stewart, P. (2018). The live-streaming handbook: how to create live video for social media on your phone and desktop. Routledge; Kawasaki, G., & Fitzpatrick, P. (2014). The art of social media: power tips for power users. Penguin.
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