When students enter your online course, they are often looking to understand what is going to happen next and in this course.
While much of this happens in the syllabus and strong syllabus design can help, there are also steps you can take within the class as well.
Context makes learning make sense. Students learn more when they know the goal of your course and can see how the activities align with skills and ideas you expect them to master.Wright State University
Quick reads are short articles and videos that reflect on or summarize current thinking, research, or experiences related to the topic.
Set Clear Expectations
Wright State's blog speaks to the value of clear expectations including creating an environment where students reach out with questions.
Best Practices for Large-Enrollment Online Courses, Part I: Managing student expectations, leveraging quizzes, and reducing grading load
From ASU’s Teach Online site, an array of suggestions for communication and class management for larger online classes.
Compassionate, Equitable, and Inclusive Assessment of Online Learning
Designing assessments for compassion and equity is an important step that also includes how your expectations and approaches are communicated to students. Liz Ciabocchi of Adelphi University and Jennifer Mathes of the Online Learning Consortium share their thoughts through AAC&U