If you have taken online classes as a student, you already know that online classes can vary tremendously. Content delivery, course design, and course management work together to create your students’ online class experience. It’s not enough to be a “great teacher” if you hope to succeed online. You will need to be prepared, and your course will need to be optimized for the online environment. This article and the linked materials will help put you on a successful path.
Over this past academic year, I have had the pleasure of being part of the Online Faculty Fellows. As part of this experience, we were trained on Quality Matters standards and process for ensuring quality online courses. The training modules and group discussions were impactful, not only for online courses that I am developing but
Establishing authority is hard. And teaching is scary. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not doing you any favors.
What does it mean to be there? It may seem obvious that face-to-face instructors are “there” every time they hold class. But everyone has had professors who seemed more present, more engaged, than the norm. What behaviors make for an excellent sense of presence? And does presence matter?
Have to teach an online course that someone else built? If it’s well designed, the transition should be seamless. If it’s lousy, you’re in for a long haul.
Dive into the digital world of your students. Here are 3 tools to help facilitate synchronous learning and tips to better engage your students online.
Talking about cheating is another way to talk about learning. When students cheat, they subvert their own learning. There are many reasons they may choose that path, and working to understand those reasons will help you design a class where cheating is both difficult and unnecessary.
Whether you are a math professor who wades through handwritten solutions to weed out the arithmetical error from the failure to understand or the comp professor weighing the relative demerits of comma splices against poor organization, here are some hard-won insights that might help you in your task.
It’s uncomfortable to feel like a fraud. If misery loves company, perhaps it helps to know you are not alone. But on those days when that simple fig leaf of assurance isn’t quite enough to gird you for your class, keep these things in mind.