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					          Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
                         An Interactive Workshop
                       (Beirut, Lebanon, September 5-9, 2005)



BACKGROUND

In view of the importance of preparing the higher education institutions in the region
for the new millennium, the UNESCO Cairo Office initiated in the late 90s a major
programme for upgrading university-level teaching in basic and engineering sciences
through fostered environment-friendly new information and communication
technologies (ICT) - - The USEE Programme. This is achieved through a number of
support modalities including: grants for pilot course development projects; intensive
hands-on training; advisory support for enhancement of ICT infrastructure; regional
North/South cooperation; and dissemination of information on recent ICT & their use
in higher education.

The USEE Programme has been instrumental in enhancing the awareness of the
academic community of the vital role of the new ICT and its potential impact on
higher education reform. The Programme has to date trained about 1500 faculty
members on the basic ICT skills and their utilization in university teaching, awarded
grants for updating the curricula and modes of delivery of 17 fundamental courses in
basic sciences and engineering, improved faculty and students accessibility to
modernized teaching methods and modes, and strengthened international and
regional faculty cooperation within the frameworks of the UNESCO UNITWIN
Programme and the European Commission.

Online Teaching and Learning represents an area of growing importance. Many
universities in the region, as well as worldwide, have either added this modality to
their traditional modes of education delivery, or are in the process of doing so in the
foreseeable future. To help prepare faculty in this region for this innovative teaching
and learning approach, The UNESCO Cairo Office has elected to focus its faculty
training workshops within the USEE Programme on this subject matter. To help
maximize the benefits derived from these workshops, a fully-interactive training kit
on the topics covered by the “Online Teaching and Learning Workshop” has been
developed.

The workshop in Beirut, Lebanon represents the second time that this activity is
offered in the region. It is co-organized by the UNESCO Cairo and Beirut Offices,
and co-sponsored by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, The
OPEC Fund, The AGFUND and Notre Dame University.

WORKSHOP SUMMARY AND TECHNICAL PROGRAM

This workshop will provide participants with the knowledge needed to create,
manage and teach high quality, interactive, fully online or Web enhanced courses.
Participants will use the Free and Open Source course management system,
Moodle, to design course syllabi and other course components that conform to best
practices for online courses.      Learning activities will include presentations,
discussions of important issues, exploration of example online courses, and hands
on training with Moodle.

After completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
      discuss the benefits and disadvantages of online learning
      list characteristics of successful online instructors and students
      list characteristics of high-quality online courses
      discuss the advantages and disadvantages of technologies in online learning
      describe the process of converting traditional instruction to online instruction
      discuss the importance of interaction in the online classroom
      discuss the benefits of collaborative learning
      create an online course in the Course Management System, Moodle

The workshop, delivered fully in English, will focus on the differences between
traditional and online teaching and learning. Guidelines for online course design will
be based on educational research in student learning. Moodle training will result in
participants creating course documents that use good design principles.

To maximize the benefits gained from the workshop, participants are highly
encouraged to bring along their teaching materials in an electronic form, including a
syllabus, lecture notes, and quiz questions, to be included in the development of an
on-line courseware. With the assistance of the instructors, participants will be
expected to develop their own course documents with links to a syllabus and
assignments.


INSTRUCTORS

The workshop instructors are Drs. Iris K. Stovall and Kevin E. Johnson. Iris K.
Stovall, Director of the University of Illinois Virtual Campus, USA, received her
doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been
very active throughout her career in effectively incorporating computers for teaching.
Dr. Stovall has participated in numerous faculty awareness and training workshops
organized by the UNESCO Cairo Office since the early 90’s. The Illinois Online
Network, under the leadership of Dr. Iris Stovall, has been awarded the 2002 Sloan
Consortium award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Development “In recognition of an
exemplary faculty professional initiative that has significantly improved online
teaching and learning in higher education through Illinois”.

Kevin E. Johnson, Kevin’s interest in technology began when he was 14 years old.
He spent hours teaching himself to program, which later lead to a programming
position with the University of Illinois. He spent three years working with the
Computer Adaptive Testing and Measurement team developing online study
materials for domestic and international audiences. For the past ten years, he has
developed curriculum and taught in both academic and corporate environments.
Kevin has taught multiple subjects, a majority of which were centered on technology.
He has his Master of Education degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign and has participated in the Online Teaching and Learning Program at
California State University – Chico. Kevin joined the Illinois Online Network team in
January 2005 as an Instructional Designer where he supports online instructors as

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well as teaches college and university professors the pedagogical values of online
instruction.

PARTICIPANTS

The participants represent 6 Arab countries (Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen
and Lebanon). This workshop is intended, among other things, to prepare a cadre of
instructors, who will be entrusted by the USEE Management with the offering of
future similar workshops in their own universities. As such, participation in the
workshop will be confined to young faculty members who are actively involved in
upgrading the level of teaching in their departments and/or are actually capable of
making use of the modern information technologies tools in this area. Participants
should have a good working knowledge of the personal computer environment
(Windows, Word, Excel & Power Point).




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                                        WORKSHOP PROGRAMME

Day 1: Monday September 5, 2005
   Time            Topic                                            Details                     Instructor

 09:00 – 09:30              Registration


 09:30 – 10:00          Opening Ceremony             Welcome and introductory remarks           Organizers


  10:00 10:30              Introduction to               Navigation                          Kevin Johnson
                               Moodle                    Course layout


 10:30 – 11:00          Overview of Online               What is Online Instruction?
                           Instruction                   Who is Using Online
                                                          Instruction?

 11:00 – 11:30                                                        Coffee Break

 11:30 – 12:30         Is Online Instruction             Advantages and                        Iris Stovall
                           Appropriate?                   Disadvantages of Online
                                                          Instruction
                                                         Costs of Online Instruction


 12:30 – 13:30             Introduction to               Editing the Course                  Kevin Johnson
                             Moodle for                  Course Settings
                             Instructors                 Adding Resources

 13:30 – 15:00                                                        Lunch Break

 15:00 – 17:00          Creating a Syllabus              Using the Editor                   Kevin Johnson and
                              in Moodle                  Copying and Pasting in Moodle          Iris Stovall


Day 2: Tuesday September 6 2005
   Time            Topic                                            Details                     Instructor

 09:00 – 11:00           Models of Online                Instructor-led or Student-led         Iris Stovall
                           Instruction                   Synchronous or asynchronous
                                                         Cohort of Self-paced
                                                         The Centrality of Discussions

 11:00 – 11:30                                                        Coffee Break

 11:30 – 12:30          Quality and Online               Quality Criteria                      Iris Stovall
                             Courses                     Administration’s Role
                                                         Faculty’s Role


 12:30 – 13:30            Moodle Course                  Participants will construct a         Participants
                           Project Work                   course in Moodle

 13:30 – 15:30                                                        Lunch Break

 15:30 – 17:00            Moodle Course               Participants will construct a course      Participants
                           Project Work                            in Moodle


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Day 3: Wedsday September 7, 2005
   Time            Topic                                              Details                 Instructor

 09:00 – 11:00            Challenges and                 Benefits for Faculty and            Iris Stovall
                             Benefits of                  Students
                            Technology                   Challenges of Technology
                                                         Technology Adoption
                                                         Features of CMSs
                                                         Pros and Cons of Using CMS

 11:00 – 11:30                                                    Coffee Break

  11:30 13:30               Roles of the                 Pedagogical Role                    Iris Stovall
                             Instructor                  Social Role
                                                         Managerial Role
                                                         Technical Role

 13:30 – 15:00                                                    Lunch Break

 15:00 – 16:00          Critique an Online               Examine the Characteristics of      Participants
                              Course                      an Existing Online Course


 16:00 – 17:00              Moodle Site                  Creating Courses                 Kevin Johnson and
                           Administration                Loading Users                        Interested
                                                         Site Settings                       Participants


Day 4: Thursday September 8, 2005
   Time            Topic                                              Details                 Instructor

 09:00 – 11:00            Free and Open                  Elgg                                Iris Stovall
                         Source Software                 Other CMS

  11:30-11:30                                                     Coffee Break

 11:30 – 13:30          Free Software and                Blogs                            Kevin Johnson and
                          Learning Objects               Skype                                Iris Stovall
                                                         MERLOT

 13:30 – 15:00                                                    Lunch Break

 15:00 – 16:00            Encouraging                     Personalizing the Online         Kevin Johnson
                         Communications                    Experience
                                                          E-mailing Students
                                                          Responding to Posts


 16:00 – 17:00            Moodle Course                   Participants will construct a      Participants
                            Project Work                       course in Moodle




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Day 5: Thursday September 8, 2005
   Time            Topic                                               Details             Instructor

 09:00 – 11:00          Assessing Student                        Developing an           Kevin Johnson
                            Learning                              Assessment Rubric
                                                                 Grading Using Rubrics

 11:00 – 11:30                                                     Coffee Break

 11:30 – 13:30           Demonstration of                 Participants to demonstrate      Participants
                         Hands-On Project                       Moodle Courses

 13:30 – 15:00                                                     Lunch Break

 15:00 – 17:00         Evaluation of Primer           Workshop Evaluation & Feedback       Participants
                            Workshop




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