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Time Management for Online Instructors

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This instructor-led, four-week, fully-online course explores time management strategies for online courses. It includes strategies for saving time during the design and development of the course, as well as useful techniques for saving time during the facilitation of the course. A final module on personal time management completes the course. The course has been designed to use the participants' time efficiently. However it should be noted that the course is highly interactive and collaborative which requires active and timely participation.


Anyone teaching or creating online courses who wants to know how to be an efficient online instructor, and learn tips for saving time.


Topics to be covered in this course are the following:

  • Saving time during the design and development of a course
  • Saving time during course facilitation
  • Personal time management


Module 1 - This module will focus on tips and strategies for saving time during the design and development of an online course.

Module 2 - This module will focus on tips and strategies for saving time during the facilitation of your course.

Module 3 - This module will focus on tips and strategies for good time management in your personal life.


  • Apply time management skills through application of assignments.
  • Evaluate time savers for personal use through participation in asynchronous discussion.
  • Identify tools used in student-centered learning to best use facilitator time through providing feedback on module surveys.
  • Analyze time management skills through the development of a personal time management plan.


Participants will use asynchronous discussion, and synchronous chat to:

  • Identify and apply time saving techniques used during the design and development phase of online courses
  • Develop a learning community through participation in asynchronous discussion
  • Share resources with the learning community to create synergy through sharing of FAQs
  • Experience the synergy created through effective collaborative in an asynchronous group project
  • Disseminate information related to effective time management through answering your assigned discussion question.
  • Demonstrate application of effective time management through the creation of a personal management plan
  • Support the learning community by reviewing suggestions and techniques in this course in your summation


The course is four weeks in length and requires an online orientation.


You may take this course without any course prerequisites.


  • Complete the online course orientation prior to the start of Module 1 of the course
  • Answer weekly discussion questions related to the assigned articles
  • Complete weekly surveys
  • Work with other participants in a group project
  • Create a personal management plan


The course is divided into content modules that will be released according to the course calendar. The orientation should be completed first. All modules include readings, assignments, and a feedback survey. Assessment Tools include access to Surveys, Rubrics, and Grades. Communication Tools include access to the Calendar, Discussion Forums, Email, and synchronous Chat rooms.


Participants are expected to be active in the course. Synergy requires everyone to contribute so the sum of knowledge and application exceeds the sum of the individual members. Expect to to devote at least 10 hours a week for 4 weeks to this course, and log in at least 4 different days a week and possibly more often during the group project.

Credit Options

Continuing Education Credit (CEU Credit)
4 Continuing education units (CEU credit) are available for this course.


A fee is incurred for anyone enrolled in an Advanced Online Seminar, although there is a discount for ION members. (Only Diamond level ION partners are exempt.) The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. TM1051).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):
Most MVCR courses [not the Advanced Online Seminars] may be taken for graduate credit through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition and fees associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this site.

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Taking Courses for Academic Credit

Most 8-week MVCR courses can also be taken for academic credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Suggested Tracks

Instruction Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Encouraging Comm.
  • Elective
  • Practicum

Technology Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Technology Tools
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Elective (Multimedia or Sims, Labs, Games, and VR)
  • Practicum

Support Professional

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Universal Design
  • Elective (Supporting Students, Copyright, Global eLearning, Blended/Hybrid, Librarians Collaborating, Multimedia Principles)
  • Practicum

COLA - track

  • Administration Seminar
  • Quality Assurance
  • Issues and Strategies in Faculty Training
  • Supporting Students Online

Choose one of the following three for your elective:

  • Administration of Online Programs
  • Copyright
  • Blended - Hybrid Learning Design and Instruction
  • Practicum for Administrators
What They're Saying
"A large part of what has me really jazzed about this online course we're doing is that it has me rethinking HOW I teach in both f2f and online settings."     

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Award winning courses

The MVCR program won the Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Develop-ment (in conjunction with other ION programs) from the Sloan-consortium in 2002. One of our instructors won the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award for an MVCR course as well.

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