Today the EdTech department launched a new professional development series for SJC – ACAdemic Learning. This training provides faculty a basic background in educational design principles and teaching methods. Content will focus around keeping learning active, collaborative and authentic. ACAdemic Learning is now the required standard for online and hybrid faculty certification.
ACAdemic Learning is an 8-week course taught through a hybrid format. All sections will take place online, however, there is a synchronous discussion that is occurs during the second-week of the course. This discussion will be scheduled face-to-face, with the potential to use ITV or video chat tools as necessary, to meet the needs of participants.
It is important to point out, that because ACAdemic Learning does not focus on the technical aspects of using the Blackboard LMS, but on effective design and teaching principles, it is a more time-intensive course. This means that faculty teaching online in the Summer or Fall, who still need certification, are encouraged to enroll and participate in an ACAdemic Learning section starting as soon as possible. All interested faculty are encouraged to sign up and complete the course but the current requirement is only for faculty teaching hybrid or online courses for the first time.