What is OTPP?

The OTPP program is fully online, providing new and experienced online faculty with the skills to design humanized, connected online learning experiences.

The program is comprised of three, 2-week online classes that require roughly 10-hours per week. The classes are facilitated by Michelle Pacansky-Brock and the work is completed asynchronously with staggered due dates throughout each course.

CI faculty who complete the program will receive a $500 stipend and will be eligible to participate in CI's Online and Blended Peer Review and QOLT EPortfolio program, which include an additional stipend.

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Fall 2016 Class Schedule

Humanizing Online Learning - Wed, Sept 14 - Tues, Sept 27

How to Design Your Online Course - Wed, Oct 5 - Tues, Oct 18

*Designing Engaging Activities - Wed, Nov 2 - Tues, Nov 15

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*This course requires prior completion of How to Design your Online Course.

Humanizing Online Learning

This course emphasizes the why and how of humanizing online learning. You will be introduced to compelling research findings that connect improved social presence online with increased student interactions, learner satisfaction, and improved learning. You will also dive into a high energy, supportive experimental learning environment to ensure you have ample opportunity to try out emerging technologies that will infuse your students' learning with your warm presence.

How to Design Your Online Course

This course provides new online instructors with the foundation for developing an engaging, student-centered, online course. Learners will apply best practices in online course design to develop the framework for an online course organized into manageable content modules that are aligned with clear, measurable learning objectives as well as effectively communicated course policies and instructor expectations.

Designing Engaging Online Activities*

This course has been developed for instructors who are preparing to teach online or who are seeking to improve their online teaching skills. The course provides an introduction to active learning; strategies for developing collaborative, active learning activities in the online environment; formative and summative assessments of learning; and self-reflection activities designed to improve the cultivation of your own online teaching philosophy.

*How to Design Your Online Course must be completed prior to taking this class.

How the classes work.

Each class:

  • is facilitated by Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Teaching and Learning Innovations Specialist, CSU Channel Islands
  • is 2-weeks long, organized into two, 1-week modules
  • requires about 10-hours of time per week (20 hours/class)
  • is fully online and completed in a Learning Management System (either Blackboard/CI Learn or Canvas).
  • is not self-paced; you learn in community with your peers
  • is asynchronous (i.e. you learn on your own schedule but you will meet staggered due dates throughout each week)
  • may include optional synchronous online sessions (via ZOOM)

What is required to take these classes?

  • Working knowledge of CILearn (Blackboard) is strongly recommended.

For more info, contact Michelle Pacansky-Brock at



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