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Wednesday, June 18 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
CON3.04 – Teaching Competencies for the Online Environment (Room A240)

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The goal of this study was to identify key competency areas that lead to success in online instruction in order to develop a framework to support professional development and self-assessment. In order to identify the key competency areas, the skills and behaviours presented within current literature were analysed to note commonly identified competency areas, identify gaps and determine levels of competence in each key area. As a result, five competency areas were identified: Classroom Decorum, Active Teaching, Instructional Design & Organization, Tools & Technology, and Leadership & Instruction.  The resulting analysis produced the Online Teaching Competency (OTC) Matrix.  This leveled competency matrix not only can be used to inform professional development in the online teaching environment, but can also be considered a useful guide as it relates to portfolio design and self-assessment.

This brief research paper presentation will explore the use of competencies for self-directed learning and provide insight into skills and behaviours to consider when teaching and facilitating online.  The OTC Matrix provides a framework with which to guide us while discussing and exploring the learning experiences of both students and instructors in the online classroom. Participants will take part in facilitated discussions around how this framework could influence their individual learning plans and to consider other ways that this framework could be implemented within their institutions.



Wednesday June 18, 2014 3:30pm - 4:00pm
A240 McArthur Hall

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