Whether you are a professor, professional developer or lead teacher,
as facilitator of the Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution, you are about to
embark on an exciting and perhaps new teaching and learning experience. As with
face-to-face teaching, online teaching includes preparation, clearly stated expectations
and continual adjustments to meet students' needs, interests, and prior knowledge. The
difference is that with this course, you create an online community of learners, by being
a "guide on the side" rather than "sage on the stage."
Whether this is your 1st or 21st online course, we recommend that you read
carefully the Online Facilitator's Guide. It includes topically organized suggestions,
resource references, and hot links to help you run this course.
In the end teaching and learning is about the interaction between
teachers, students, and content. We have provided the content. We hope these notes will
help you create meaningful interaction for your students.