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Teaching Academy for Distance Learning

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The Teaching Academy for Distance Learning (TADL) is designed to be a hands-on experience that will help you develop the competencies necessary for designing, developing, and delivering an online course. The links below identify the three major course components and its detailed structure:

The Design phase of TADL introduces instructors to the course development cycle. They are made aware of the standards to which their courses will be evaluated as stated in the SPSU 2014 Online Rubric: A Comprehensive Course Review. This phase also presents a block of instructions that cover Bloom's Taxonomy and writing course and module level goals and objectives. We will also address common issues related to copyright laws, accessibility, as well as course planning.  

The Development phase of TADL focuses on taking the goals, objectives, and course policies from the Design phase and setting them up for online delivery according to the Seven Principles of Good Teaching. This includes building a consistent course structure and infusing a variety of course tools, techniques, digital content, and interactions to promote student learning. It will also include an introduction to the GeorgiaVIEW Desire2Learn environment.

The final part of TADL is the Delivery phase, where instructors get the opportunity to participate in each other's sandboxes as students. During this phase participants will be shown best practices in online delivery. This enables participants to get a feel for how an online course operates, so that they are then able to incorporate their course policies and procedures in their courses. Participants also get the benefit of being able to improve their courses based on the feedback obtained during this phase.

Fall 2014 TADL Specifics


This year, we will be offering the program in hybrid format that meets both online and face-to-face, and is limited to 18 participants. This session will meet 7 times face-to-face, and alternate between f-2-f and online sessions on Fridays during the Fall 2014.

TADL Syllabus Fall 2014