Exploring Online Learning (EOL): Overview

Exploring Online Learning (EOL) is a two-week asynchronous online short course that provides an opportunity for faculty to experience an online learning environment from the student's perspective while gaining foundational knowledge about the design and development of online courses. The course is facilitated by eCampus staff and offered four times a year. Refer to the chart below to determine the best session for you.


If you are teaching online in: You should enroll in EOL during the:
Summer Session Previous Fall 
Fall Semester Previous Winter  or Spring 
Winter Session Spring or Summer
Spring Semester Spring or Summer

(Note: Though the course content and activities are geared toward faculty who will soon be designing and teaching their own online or hybrid/blended courses, all faculty are welcome to participate. Priority will be given to faculty teaching online course.)


Information and registration

EOL Learning Objectives

Upon completion of EOL, faculty will be able to:

  1. Use the quiz, discussion, journal, and assignment features in HuskyCT as a student.
  2. Identify the most effective practices in online teaching and learning.
  3. Discuss resources for keeping your online instructional practices current and agile in an ever-changing educational landscape.
  4. Write course-level learning objectives that relate to the content for the course you will be designing.
  5. Apply Quality Matters (QM) standards to a sample course.
  6. Reflect on how you will apply the principles of effective teaching practices and instructional design to your online course.

Another major goal of this course is for faculty to experience learning as a student would in an online environment and be part of an online learning community.  As a result, upon completion of this short course, faculty are better able to design, deliver, and teach a quality online course.


The EOL Syllabus provides more detailed information about the types of activities, time lines, and completion expectations participants should expect.

Please note this course is offered asynchronously online. All activity, assignments, and communication take place online in HuskyCT. There are deadlines for assignments to be passed in, but participants are never required to meet online at the same time and there are no in person meetings. EOL is a non-credit short course. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of all assignments.

Please contact eCampus@uconn.edu with any questions.

Questions?  Please contact eCampus

Phone: 860-486-1080

e-mail: eCampus@uconn.edu