Teaching online brings unique challenges and opportunities, both for instructors and students. Technology mediates the experience and engagement, making the design of the course more salient. Once the design is in place, however, course delivery and your role in it are critical to its success.
This topic focuses on teaching strategies and techniques for facilitation, interaction, and communication, for creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, as well as for course management and feedback. Many of these techniques are ones that may apply in different course types and are very effective in online courses.
Strategies & Techniques
Cultivating a Learning Community
Particularly in an online course, turning a class of individual students into a learning community can increase retention, satisfaction, and student success. It rarely happens by accident.
Establishing a Welcoming Environment
The first experiences in an online course can be critical to forming a strong learning community.
Maintaining Regular & Consistent Communication
Communicating regularly with online students help to build community, openness, and trust.
Providing Meaningful & Timely Feedback
In asynchronous learning environments, the timeliness and content of feedback to students is a key point of connection and guidance.
Deeper dives provide opportunities for reflection and transformation around a specific topic for faculty to adapt, implement, and assess evidence-based strategies in their courses. Events include self-paced “courses”, high impact seminars, faculty institutes, and other special programs. Like any focused experience, these provide gains depended upon the time and introspection given to them. The times for self-paced courses are a broad estimate.
Online Pedagogy Competency Course
Online Pedagogy is a 4-week, asynchronous online workshop designed to give you the background and knowledge of best-practices to enhance and hone your online teaching skills using the Brightspace platform. In just four weeks, you will learn best practices, create a course site, syllabus, course map/schedule, establish your methods of grading, and populate your grade […]
Online Teaching Practices & Principles
Guidelines and scorecards for teaching online are emerging as useful tools for discussing online teaching strategies and techniques.