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Online Teaching Academy

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About OTA

Online Teaching Academy (OTA) is a unique opportunity to engage with peers across campus, learn from national experts, and share your leadership with the campus community.  What's more, you'll be part of a research team that encourages and supports your scholarship in online teaching and learning.

Yes, OTA is a major time commitment. However, it is worth your time and your energy.  For the 2020-2021 cohort, activities will be available entirely online.  We designed this program to be flexible and convenient while relevant and content-rich.

You are already a leader because you are faculty. Now, it is time to be part of a program that helps you refine your skills as a leader in the online classroom as well as be an ambassador for better online programming.  Come join this exciting community of practice.

The Online Teaching Academy was an excellent introduction to online learning at Southeast. Not only did I learn about new technologies and ways of delivering the online learning experience to traditional and non-traditional students across a spectrum of apps and LMS, but the academy encouraged me to think differently about the way I teach online. Various tasks and projects focused my awareness on the importance of enhancing the rationale behind my lessons and my objectives, all of which make the online learning experience much more useful and beneficial to the learner. Beyond this, thanks to the academy I've developed friendships I'd never anticipated and working relationships that, two years on, are still bearing fruit. I cannot recommend the Online Teaching Academy highly enough for new and returning faculty! 

Joseph M. Snyder, PhD, PGRC
Assistant Professor of History


After reviewing the program flyer, you can access the link below to apply to be part of the Online Teaching Academy.

Applicants will need to make sure that they get signatures from their chair and dean approving that they can be absent during the scheduled synchronous webinars. Attendance at all synchronous webinars is required for the program.


Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the Online Teaching Academy is to develop ambassadors that will not only promote online education at Southeast, but also act as a support service to their colleagues.

Outcome 1 - Create a learning community of faculty leaders from varying disciplines on campus with a breadth and depth of knowledge in online teaching and learning.
Outcome 2  -
Research and scholarship in online learning shared across campus, fostered through interdisciplinary research teams and presented during the OTA graduation.
Outcome 3  -
A holistic understanding of online teaching and learning built through reflective learning, exposure to nationally recognized speakers, and research-informed program content.

Program Flyer

Program Scructure

OTA is an exciting mix of synchronous and asynchronous online learning experiences.  For the 2020-2021 cohort, you will be able to complete all requirements without attending anything face to face.  During each of the designated months, we follow the below general schedule:

Week 1: Asynchronous Online Learning

Week 2: Synchronous Webinar featuring National Experts

Week 3: Research Team Focus

Week 4: Reflection

Featured Speakers are currently being confirmed for the 2020-2021 cohort.  Speakers from institutions such as Georgia Tech, Maryville, National University of Ireland - Galway, Penn State, SNHU, University of Illinois-Springfield, and Wash U have participated in OTA in the past.

Online Teaching Academy Schedule
September 2020: Scale
     Webinar: September 11, 2020, 12:00-3:00
October 2020: Students
     Webinar: October 16, 2020, 12:00-3:00
November 2020: Access
     Webinar: November 13, 2020 12:00-3:00
February 2021: Teaching
     Webinar: February 12, 2020 12:00-3:00
March 2021: Faculty
     Webinar: March 12, 2020 12:00-3:00
Presentation and Graduation - TBD

Project Teams

Each OTA cohort will consist of a maximum of 25 participants.  Participants will be grouped into research teams, based on the OLC Quality Framework.

The purpose of individual teams is to develop a proposal for an idea or research that contributes to online learning.

Beyond OTA, teams will be supported in executing ideas or engaging in further research for publication or conference presentations.

Program Completion

The program culminates in the OTA Showcase attended by Chairs, Deans and Executives.  During the showcase, research teams present their proposals.

To graduate from the OTA program faculty must participate in the monthly synchronous and asynchronous activities including the readings, pillar-focused modules, webinars, and reflections.

Completion of the program allows participants to include the OTA on their promotion and tenure documents.  OTA graduates are eligible for the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Online Teaching.


Director and Information
Phone: (573) 651-2766
Fax: (573) 651-2859