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TADL 2014 is a 47-hour program. Its purpose is to improve the quality of online course design, development, teaching, and learning. The links below identify the three course sections 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 pilot their newly developed courses using fellow TADL participants 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 before the course goes out for review. Participants also get the benefit of being able to improve their courses based on the feedback obtained during this phase.

At the end of the TADL course, the newly designed and developed online course will be submitted for external review. Once the course meets the standards, it is then ready for delivery in the upcoming semester.

2014 TADL Specifics


This year, there are three separate versions of TADL. The first is a hybrid session that meets online and face-to-face, and is limited to 18 participants. This hybrid session will meet 3 times face-to-face during the fall of 2013, and alternate between f-2-f and online sessions on Fridays during the spring 2014.

The second version is an instructor-led, fully online session that is limited to 10 participants. This instructor-led session will meet face-to-face one time, and all content and materials will be completely online. It may require one or more synchronous online session(s).

The final session will be self-paced, with tasks taking place at various times and on various dates. This self-paced, fully online session is limited to only 10 past TADL graduates as participants. Each module within this self-paced version is conditionally released based on your submissions and our feedback. Feedback will be provided only when all items for a particular module are submitted. (NOTE: The feedback from submissions may take up to 5 business days.)

TADL Syllabi 2013-2014