Becoming an Online Teacher: The Theory and Pedagogy Behind It ​

As a participant in this course, you will be exposed to an online environment that will enable you to experience online learning according to different learning theories and pedagogical approaches as well as supplement your knowledge about them.
In the framework of this course, you will:
  • Connect your existing knowledge of learning theories, pedagogical approaches, and best practices to the online setting, while expanding your theoretical knowledge of these;
  • Experience online learning and corresponding assessments that have been deliberately designed on the basis of a variety of learning theories and take place in different ways at different points in the course;
  • Reflect on the learning experiences triggered by the different approaches and consider their implications for the directions that online teaching may take, both generally and in relation to you as future online teacher specifically;
  • Integrate insights from the course in the preparation of a proposal for an online course that you might implement;
  • Share your course proposal with fellow participants, both in its stages of development and in its final form, and be prepared to give and receive peer feedback.​
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Choose the right social media tool for your online course;
  • Understand the key differences among the various social media tools as well as the key benefits they offer; 
  • Demonstrate familiarity with pedagogical principles for designing engaging, pedagogically-sound social media-enhanced activities;
  • Align social media-enhanced activities with the intended course outcomes; 
  • Plan and Develop a social media-enhanced course;
  • Analyze the content and topics of a course that you teach or are familiar with, and 
  • transform these into an online social media-enhanced course; 
  • Teach an online social media-enhanced course.
The Course Outline
The course targets teachers and teacher educators who are interested in learning about online course development and/or becoming online instructors. This course serves as a solid introduction to the theory and pedagogy of online teaching, and it is recommended that it be taken prior to or together with Becoming an Online Teacher: Thinking It, Trying It, Doing It.​
– English fluency;
– An academic degree at Bachelor’s level.
Dr. Sarah Schrire​​

Dr Schrire holds a PhD in Computing Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University in the United States and a second PhD in English Literature from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. She was a pioneer in the integration of computers in teaching and learning into the mainstream school system in Israel, where she worked for twenty years. Since the early 1990s, she has pursued a career in teacher education at the Kibbutzim College of Education.  Between 1991 and 2005, she was involved in the development of materials for online learning at the Israel Center for Educational Technology, where she headed various important internet-based projects. She subsequently served as an active member of a multinational team, representing the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in an innovative EU project, “KP Lab”, which focused on the advancement of knowledge practices in the digital age. 

The opening of a course is dependent on the number of participants.

If a course is not given in a particular semester, registrants may:​

  • Choose an alternate course from the ones that are offered
  • Postpone studies to the following semester
  • Receive a full tuition refund.​

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