Frequently Asked Questions About GOTS

Q:  "I’m reading through the GOTS website and see that it is open to all types of faculty.  My primary role is an Instructional Designer and I work with a wide variety of faculty who are designing, developing, and teaching online.  I also teach a ‘Learning to Teach Online’ faculty development course and other online courses.  Do you think that GOTS is appropriate for someone like me as I have other roles than teaching?"

A:  Absolutely!  The multiple lenses through which you would experience the seminar would bring a fascinating dimension to the event.   Many attendees of Great Teachers Seminars move on to start mini-seminars at their own campus.  As an Instructional Designer you would be in a perfect role to develop such an opportunity upon returning to your institution.


Q:  "I have never taught an online class before but know that I will need to soon.  Is attending the GOTS a good place to start?"

A:  If you have never taught online, your context in processing the seminar activities will be a bit limited.  While you are more than welcome to attend and will undoubtedly gain much useful information, it's recommended that you have taught at least one online class in order to maximize your learning experience.


Q:  "Is it possible to just attend the day sessions of the conference?"

A:  GOTS participants are expected to attend all seminar sessions as the seminar agenda emanates from participant interaction.  You will experience both day and evening group meetings.  Staying on-site provides great "in between times" networking, socializing, and a chance to "decompress" from your normal schedule.  Be nice to yourself.  Our registration fee includes all meals and lodging!.