Online Teaching Squares

Online Teaching Squares Photo Mobility Shifts: Monday October 10 by The New School

Photo Attribution: Mobility Shifts: Monday October 10 by The New School

The Online Teaching Squares program provides instructors with an opportunity to observe other online courses at Western with the aim of self-reflecting on their own online course design and teaching approaches. Four faculty members form a “teaching square” and invite each other to periodically look into their online courses for a period of 1-2 weeks. They then meet as a group to discuss what they've learned about their own practice through the observational process. No evaluation. No feedback. No record. Just the opportunity to reflect on how your teaching and course design may be affirmed or inspired in the company of interesting colleagues.

Online Teaching Square members commit to three activities:

  • Attending an initial organizational meeting to meet their group members and discuss logistics (approximately 1 hour, facilitated either using Blackboard Collaborate in OWL or face-to-face at the Teaching Support Centre, depending on instructor location).
  • Observing your fellow teaching square members' classes. Suggested time commitment is 2-3 observations over the course of 1-2 weeks x 3 courses (3-4 hours).
  • Meeting again for follow up reflection (1 hour). This meeting may take place in Blackboard Collaborate or over lunch at The Green Leaf Café (provided by the Teaching Support Centre), depending on instructor location. 


The initial meeting for Online Teaching Squares will be Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 12:30-1:30 PM in the Teaching Support Centre. This is a mandatory meeting for all participants. If you have a teaching conflict that makes it impossible for you to attend the organizational meeting, please send us an e-mail at your earliest convenience and we will arrange some alternative.

Note that registration is limited to 16 people and will close on January 16.

This program is limited to faculty and graduate students who are the instructor of record for a Winter 2016 or Full Year online course.&#160

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