Online Teaching and Learning Minor - New! Fall 2020

Online education has increased significantly in K-12 schools, community colleges and higher education over the last decade and there is now strong demand for educators who are qualified to teach in, create and manage these online and virtual environments. UNCW’s new minor in Online Teaching and Learning (OT&L) is designed for future teachers and undergraduate students in any discipline who are interested in developing the skills needed to communicate effectively in a virtual learning environment.  

The minor program in OT&L minor will provide participants with a multitude of learning experiences. These include design, development, implementation, and management of online courses using various Learning Management Systems (LMS); design and delivery of synchronous learning environments and learning management systems; design and development of electronic, self-directed learning materials, and others; and to teach in virtual schools. By completing this minor program, candidates have required competencies for teaching in, creating, and managing online programs.

Program highlights

  • Do you want to learn to teach online?
  • Do you want to learn to develop online course materials?
  • Do you want to learn about the technology used to teach synchronous and asynchronous online courses?
  • Do you want to learn how to modify face to face courses and materials for an online environment?

Minor Program Objectives

The minor program seeks to prepare individuals to:

  • Design, develop, implement, manage, and evaluate online learning environments, courses, and
  • Demonstrate skills in integrating instructional design principles and procedures with multimedia technologies and course management tools to develop highly engaging and interactive online learning
  • Develop knowledge safety, ethics, plagiarizing, and cyberbullying in online environments
  • Develop knowledge and skills of designing, developing, delivering, and evaluating online learning environments and programs that are accessible for individuals with disabilities and are responsive to learners’ diversity and cultural
  • Demonstrate competencies in creating and implementing assessments in online learning environments in ways that assure validity and reliability of instruments and procedures.
  • Demonstrate competencies in using data and findings from assessments and other data sources to modify instructional methods and content and to guide student learning in online learning
  • Demonstrate administrative skills in planning, launching, maintaining, and coordinating distance education

Required courses (18 credits)

EDN 301 Instructional Design & Evaluation (3)
Designed to provide conceptual tools and analytic skills essential to planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction. The design of instruction that incorporates behavioral, cognitive and constructivist theories of learning and views of curriculum will be considered. Topics: types of learning; conditions of learning; performance objectives; purposes, forms, and procedures for educational assessment; task analysis, and lesson design.

EDN 303 Instructional Technology (3)
This course is designed to prepare the learners to become technology proficient teachers at K–12 schools. The learners will acquire technical knowledge and skills through learning computer productivity tools and applications, researching and discussing social, ethical, and technological issues of educational computing, designing and implementing technology-enhanced instruction and media, developing strategies for technology integration.

MIT 414 Foundations of Online Learning (3)
This course overviews the concepts, technologies, and issues related to the design, development, delivery, policy-making, and evaluation of distance education courses and programs. Learn about online learning technologies and focus on techniques for teaching and learning within a distance education system.

MIT 413 Assessment of Learning and Instruction (3)
Examine the purpose of formative and summative assessment and how it's applied across a variety of systems. Particular attention is paid to the concepts of reliability, validity, norms, interpretation of scores, response sets, fairness in testing and performance assessment, formative vs summative, and norm-referenced vs. criterion-referenced tests. A variety of formative and summative instruments that are used to measure or assess human attributes and behaviors are studied.

MIT 401 Online Teaching: Design, Development, and Management (3)
Focus on the design, development, and management of online instruction. Students will use principles of instructional to design and develop online courses with a focus on how to organize and manage an online environment in a Learning Management System (LMS).

MIT 402 Multimedia Instruction for Online Learning Environments (3)
Students will follow the instructional design process to create and evaluate multimedia instruction for online computer-based environments. Several advanced technologies will be incorporated to design and develop instructional material. These technologies will include video, computer-based authoring software, mobile and desktops, and other advanced technologies impacting online course development.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up? 

First, you can simply sign up for courses asap! 

For undergraduates, you need to do the following to declare the minor: 

  1. Consult with your advisor. 
  2. Log onto MySeaport and click on the Academics tab at the top of the screen. 
  3. Select the "Major Declaration/Curricular Updates" link, located under the Student Services menu on the left side of the screen. 
  4. Read and follow instructions to declare a minor. 
  5. Click "Add minor/ cluster" link. Make selections from the drop-down menu. 
  6. Click "Submit Changes" button. 

Is this program online? 

Yes you can do this program 100% virtually though some of the courses are offered face to face if you desire to attend that way 

Do I need to take these courses in a particular order?

No. You can take the courses in any order. 

Do any of these courses have prereqs?

No, you can take any of the courses in any order at any time.  


The following table shows how proposed program objectives are aligned with the NCDPI Digital Teaching & Learning standards for K-12 educators and other professionals.

Program Goal

NCDPI (Department of Public Instruction) Standards *Description of standards below

Minor courses

Design, develop, implement, manage, and evaluate online learning environments, courses, and programs.

Leadership in Digital Learning

Digital Content and Instruction

EDN 301 Instructional Design & Evaluation

MIT 414 Foundations of Online Learning

MIT 401 Online teaching: Design, development, and management

Demonstrate skills in integrating instructional design principles and procedures with multimedia technologies and course management tools to develop highly engaging and interactive online learning environments.

Leadership in Digital Learning

Digital Content and Instruction

EDN 301 Instructional Design & Evaluation

EDN 303 Instructional Technology

MIT 401 Online teaching: Design, development, and management

MIT 402 Multimedia instruction for online learning environments

Develop knowledge safety, ethics, plagiarizing, and cyberbullying in online environments

Digital Citizenship

EDN 303 Instructional Technology

MIT 414 Foundations of Online Learning

Develop knowledge and skills of designing, developing, delivering, and evaluating online learning environments and programs that are accessible for individuals with disabilities and are responsive to learners’ diversity and cultural differences.

Leadership in Digital Learning

Digital Content and Instruction

EDN 301 Instructional Design & Evaluation

MIT 414 Foundations of Online Learning

MIT 401 Online teaching: Design, development, and management

MIT 402 Multimedia instruction for online learning environments

Demonstrate competencies in creating and implementing assessments in online learning environments in ways that assure validity and reliability of instruments and procedures.

Data and Assessment

MIT 413 Assessment of Learning and Instruction

MIT 401 Online teaching: Design, development, and management

Demonstrate competencies in using data and findings from assessments and other data sources to modify instructional methods and content and to guide student learning in online learning environments.

Digital Citizenship

Data and Assessment

MIT 414 Foundations of Online Learning

MIT 413 Assessment of Learning and Instruction

MIT 401 Online teaching: Design, development, and management

Demonstrate administrative skills in planning, launching, maintaining, and coordinating distance education programs.

Digital Citizenship

Digital Content and Instruction

MIT 414 Foundations of Online Learning

MIT 401 Online teaching: Design, development, and management

 

Description of the NCDPI Digital Teaching and Learning standards:

Leadership in Digital Learning

  • Teachers will demonstrate leadership in accelerating their integration of digital teaching and learning pedagogies.

Digital Citizenship

  • Teachers will model and teach digital citizenship by the ethical, respectful, and safe use of digital tools and resources that support the creation of a positive digital school culture.

Digital Content and Instruction

  • Teachers will know and use appropriate digital tools and resources for instruction.

Data and Assessment

  • Teachers will use technology to make data more accessible, adjust instruction to better meet the needs of a diverse learner population, and reflect upon their practice through the consistent, effective use of assessment.

For more information contact 

Dr. Ray Pastore 
pastorer@uncw.edu 
910.962.2912