Center for Online Teaching and Learning
I am looking forward to working with you. Welcome back! I will post the presentations held in May and August and information on free resources on the Center for Online Teaching and Learning (COTL) site.
- Core Principles for Online Education at PSC
- Online Teaching and Learning Best Practices: Discussions in Hybrid and Online Courses
- Online Teaching and Learning Best Practices: Student Collaboration in Group Work
- Online Teaching and Learning: Universal Design for Learning
- Rubric for Asynchronous Contact Hours
- Verification of Student Identity in Distance Education
- The Journal of Educators Online
- Merlot Journal of Online Teaching and Learning
- The Journal of Interactive Online Learning
Desire2Learn, or D2L, is an integrated learning platform designed to create a single place online for instructors and students to interact, either for a completely online course or as a supplement to a face-to-face course. Visit D2L’s “Brightspace” blog site to learn more about topics such as Universal Design for Learning, or using Turnitin to grade essays. D2L also offers free webinars. The following pre-recorded webinars are available on D2L’s website: Virtual Classroom and Intelligent Agents.
Are you interested in creating multimedia content? VoiceThread “VT” is a software program that enables you to create community in an online learning environment. Click here to learn more about the cloud-based software program. VT offers a free (limited) account and free workshops. One of the nice features of VT is that it is not reliant on Flash software. To learn more, click here.
Are you interested in creating video for your instruction? Screencast-o-matic is a software program that enables you to create and share screen recordings. You can create a free account. How-to videos are available on the website. Click here to access the videos.
Welcome to the Online Education web page. Faculty are encouraged to read the new Faculty Handbook for Online Education and consult the other resources linked to this page. In addition, when you are logged into D2L, take advantage of the resources included in the D2L Faculty Resource Center (accessed under "Select a course" on My Home page).
Antonia (Toni) Koslow, PhD.
Manager Online Learning
Prairie State College Vision Statement for Online Education
Prairie State College is dedicated to providing access to quality education and support services that empower students to achieve their education and career goals.
We offer online courses and programs as a means to facilitate and expand student access to our faculty and curriculum, in recognition of the increasing need and demand from current and prospective students for enhanced flexibility in course offerings.
Prairie State College faculty who teach online are entrusted to maintain high-academic standards for their courses, follow best practices for teaching online, and ensure a rigorous and rewarding learning experience for our online students.
The College administration is entrusted with the responsibility of providing high-quality professional development for online faculty, effective support services for online students, and support for faculty in their assessment of student learning outcomes within online courses and programs.
Whether curriculum is provided via traditional face-to-face classes or online, Prairie State College embraces its core values of learning, excellence, accessibility, respect and integrity in our collective commitment to student success.
(Endorsed in Fall 2015 by Instructional Technology Committee and PSC Cabinet.)