Quick Guide on How to Convert your Courses Online Using UPOU’s Open Educational Resources (OERs)

If you were not able to watch the scheduled series of webinars of the UP Open University (UPOU) on How to Convert your Courses Online, fret not!  We’ve curated some of the best resources produced by UPOU to help you convert your courses online. These resources are Open Educational Resources (OERs) and  are licensed under Creative Commons which means that they are free and can be used by anyone. 

Understanding Online Learning

Now that we are forced by circumstances around us to convert our courses online, we need to understand the basic concepts of Open and Distance eLearning (ODeL).  As Tony Bates, an expert in distance learning, said “It is NOT a good idea just to jump into it and hope to wing it. Teaching online is not rocket science but it does need a different approach from classroom teaching. Get advice from a professional first.” 

To help you have a clear grasp of the basic concepts of ODeL as well as some design principles, you have to keep several things in mind as you convert your courses from residential to online learning. These videos provide you with some definitions and descriptions of basic concepts related to ODeL and flexible learning as well as discussion of the drivers of these technological developments. 

Open Learning, Distance Education, and e-Learning  The Open Learning, Distance Education, and e-Learning System  Intro to ODeL

You might be asking yourself, how will you be able to do a lecture if you will be holding your classes online. But before you decide whether you will be doing a lecture or not, it is important to first understand the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning as well as the advantages and disadvantages of these two. 

In a synchronous setup, the faculty and the students communicate in real-time and the teacher normally schedules this in advance.

synchronous

While in an asynchronous teaching, communication is flexible since students are not forced or required to be in the classroom at the same time. This is also the reason why online learning allows you to combine your studies with work, hobbies, projects, and other passions or interests.

asynchronous

To learn more about this, you may watch this video that discusses the difference between these two, and the advantages and disadvantages of synchronous and asynchronous learning that will help you decide which one to use in your classes. 

Basic Synchronous Online Lectures Tools and Tips

Essential Elements of Online Learning

Now that we got the basics covered, let us now go into some of the essential elements when it comes to online learning. 

One important element is the platform and tools that you will use in your online classes. Let us look at some platforms and tools you can use when you convert your courses online. If you decide to do a synchronous lecture, the previous video shares some useful tools as well as tips on how to design an engaging online lecture.

If you wish to explore an asynchronous format, one of the recommended platforms for newbies is the Google classroom. Let me share this video on using Google Classroom. This video demonstrates how to set up your own Google classroom as well as some of the features you can use. 

Quick Guide to Google Classroom

Aside from Google classroom, there are other great Learning Management Systems (LMS) that you can explore and use as platforms for your virtual classes. This video discusses the different LMS, type of licensing, as well as the different features and considerations when choosing LMS for your classes. 

Learning Management System (LMS)

Another essential element of online learning is setting up the content online. In a face-to-face setting, the content is delivered through lectures and other face-to-face strategies. But in an online setting, you have to be creative.  Feel free to explore various strategies that can be used to deliver your content online. This video will guide you on how to design technology-supported learning, giving you detailed strategies as well as specific examples.

Designing Technology-Supported Learning in the time of COVID-19

This video shares strategies for migrating content to online mode such as live streamed/lectures, pre-recorded lectures, online resources or a  combination of these strategies.  

Converting Your Teaching Materials to Online Instruction

The third important element of online learning is the use of learning resources in your online class. This video shares what are OERs and how to use these OERs in promoting active learning and student engagement. 

Once you have migrated your courses online, another important element that must be considered is how to engage your learners. This video shares some online practices by a UPOU faculty to give you ideas and inspiration for your online activities.

Student Engagement

The final element of online learning that we want to share with you is assessment. This video shares how you can do your assessment from the unit level to the program level down to the course level.

Assessment of Learning at the Course Level

Other Featured Learning Materials

Aside from the recorded webinars, we’ve also curated some of the best OERs that can help you as you start and explore the exciting world of online teaching and learning. We hope that you will have a fun time watching these OERs. 

Alternative Assessment Models: Remedies to eLearning’s Dark Side | Dr. Alexander G. Flor

Alternative Assessment Models

Assessment for Online Learning | Dr. Melinda F. Lumanta

Assessment for Online Learning

Basics of Learner Support | Dr. Joane Serrano

Basics of Learner Support

Coaching and Feedback | Dr. Joane V. Serrano

Coaching and Feedback

Collaborating Tools for Teaching in ODeL | Ms. Myra Almodiel

Collaborating Tools for Teaching in Open and Distance eLearning

Collaboration Among Open Universities in Southeast Asia: The Experience of the ASEAN Studies Graduate Program | Dr. Jean A. Saludadez

Collaboration Among Open Universities in Southeast Asia

Designing Discussion Forum | Dr. Primo G. Garcia

Designing Discussion Forum

Developing a Learning Mindset Through Self-Learning Inventory | Dr. Joane Serrano

Developing a Learning Mindset Through Self-Learning Inventory

Managing a Moodle Course- Guide for Teachers | Ms. Myra C. Almodiel

Managing a Moodle Course

Methodologies for ASEAN Studies Research – Segment 1: Ontological Assumptions of the Two Means of Knowing | Dr. Jean A. Saludadez

Methodologies for ASEAN Studies Research – Segment 1

Methodologies for ASEAN Studies Research – Segment 2: Epistemological Assumptions of the Two Means of Knowing | Dr. Jean A. Saludadez

Methodologies for ASEAN Studies Research – Segment 2

Methodologies for ASEAN Studies Research – Segment 3: Teleological Assumptions of the Two Means of Knowing | Dr. Jean A. Saludadez

Methodologies for ASEAN Studies Research – Segment 3

Methodologies for ASEAN Studies Research- Segment 4: The Characteristics of Qualitative Research | Dr. Jean A. Saludadez

Methodologies for ASEAN Studies Research – Segment 4

Open Learning, Distance Education, and e-Learning: Some Basic Concepts on Flexible Modes of Teaching and Learning | Dr. Primo G. Garcia

Open Learning, Distance Education, and e-Learning

Promoting Interactivity: Designing Scaffolds and Learning Activity | Dr.  Primo G. Garcia

Promoting Interactivity

Quality in Open University | Dr. Alexander G. Flor

Quality in Open University

Study Skills | Dr. Joane Serrano

Study Skills

The Open Learning, Distance Education, and e-Learning System: An Introduction | Dr. Primo G. Garcia

The Open Learning, Distance Education, and e-Learning System

Written by Dr. Joane V. Serrano, Director of UPOU Information Office

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