Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning

Did you complete the Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning (EOTL) program within the last two years, and now you are ready for something more?

Register today for the Spring 2017 Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning (EOTL) 2 Program! These four modules will help guide you through more effective online course development and increased engagement features for your students. If you would like to learn more about Online Teaching and Learning but are not able to participate in May please click here.

Program Schedule

EOTL 2 is comprised of four modules, each being offered during one week in May.
Week 1 (May 1-7, 2017): Curriculum Elements and Backwards by Design
This module will guide you through the process of course development by looking at approved course outcomes first, and then working backwards from these outcomes through assessments, skills, concepts, and learning activities. This approach to curriculum design helps ensure alignment across the course elements.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Identify relevant components of a Curriculum Elements Sheet (CES) and the importance of CES in the online course development process
  2. Evaluate a current course outline based on CES
  3. Apply the principles of Backwards by Design to the Online Backwards by Design Content Map

Week 2 (May 8-14, 2017): How are They Doing? Using Formative Assessment
How do you know if an online student is ‘getting it’? Learn about some techniques to provide formative assessment to your students.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Identify nine formative assessment techniques that can engage students in an online learning environment
  2. Distinguish between three assessment categories: pre-assessment; synthesis and application assessment; and attitudes and self-assessments
  3. Recognize the need to align learning outcomes and Bloom’s Taxonomy verbs to assessments

Week 3 (May 15-21, 2017): Blackboard Achievement Badges
Gamifying education establishes levels of learning and achievement, and can show your students the progress they are making in their course. Learn how you can use Blackboard Achievement Badges to engage and motivate your students.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the benefits of gamification in an educational setting
  2. Incorporate Blackboard Achievement Badges to an existing online module

Week 4 (May 22-28, 2017): Use Collaborate to Engage Your Students
Blackboard Collaborate can offer many techniques to engage your students, and you can customize how you use this tool to suit your teaching environment. Discover how your students can collaborate, work in breakout groups, or how you can work with them individually on a shared desktop.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the uses of various Collaborate tools in your online class
  2. Develop a lesson plan to reflect effective use of a Collaborate tool to create a desired learning environment


Program Sequence

EOTL 2 has some new twists including badges for engagement, motivation, and for tracking student progress. You can complete all four modules to achieve the EOTL 2 Program Certificate. However, you can also choose to register for individual modules that interest you. The modules do not have to be completed all this Spring, or in sequence.

Prerequisites and Requirements

You must have completed the Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning program offered in the last two years to register for the EOTL 2 modules. However, if you feel you have the skills and knowledge covered in the first program of EOTL, please meet with a CTL Learning Designer to discuss possibilities of registering directly into the EOTL 2 Program.

This program will run fully online. Module 1, 2, and 3 will run asynchronously. However, Module 4 will have a synchronous component using Blackboard Collaborate. In addition, you will be required to complete that week’s asynchronous course work. Please be prepared to dedicate approximately two to four hours to meet the requirements for each EOTL 2 module.


EOTL 2 is open to all Red Deer College faculty.



If you require further information, please contact Jennifer Thomas (jennifer.thomas@rdc.ab.ca).

Updated March 21, 2017