Want to teach online?

American University offers a training course of its faculty members.  The next session is May 14 – June 11 – contact the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning (CTRL) for more information.

Online Learning / Hybrids

May 14th – June 11th, 2014

Interested in teaching online or using a hybrid course model during the Fall 2014 semester? This is a new five–week course on pedagogy, syllabi and course design. The course focuses on building experiences that maximize student learning. The face-to-face sessions meet on May 14, May 21, June 4 and June 11, 2014 from 10:30am until 12:00 noon in the CTRL Lab.

If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact facultyonline@american.edu.


(From April 15 2012, updated April 19, 2013)

What we’re doing:  two online courses for 2013: in Summer I  dynamics of political change (a media-rich look at democratization, political economy, and new global actors), and in Summer II the politics of nation-building (first-person accounts of the front-lines of nation-building, and greater context).

A sneak preview (starts at 0:11 – worth the wait):


How we do it:  Readings for each course are accompanied by videos, reading guides, and discussion guides.  Discussions will be here, with shorter current-events comments and links on the course’s facebook page.  Each student will also have a chance to explore at length a topic of his/her own choosing.  Courses are designed to have the same rigor as face-to-face spring/fall courses.  Also see our Privacy notes.

Background:  This site began in Summer 2012 as a source for American University‘s online course in Politics of Nation-Building, and is structured to expand to serve future online courses.