Approaching Online Teaching: First Considerations

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Image above links to an article called "Strategies for Creating a Successful Online Classroom."

"First Thoughts on Remote Teaching" (post) outlines initial matters to consider as you begin to shape your online course.

  • Points are more fully developed in the post.

A. "Setting Priorities"

1. "Consider cognitive load in times of stress"

  • "Anxiety and stress ... may impact [students'] ability to complete tasks or understand information." 

2. "Look at your learning objectives and schedule"

  • "Look at the learning objectives for your class: what changes are needed in your class to meet these objectives in" an online context? 
  • "[W]hat adjustment is needed for assignments – in scope, assessment design, submission style, and deadline?"

3. "Consider access issues for your students"

  • "Not all students may have the hardware, software, or data plans required to fully participate in the online environment."
  • "Encourage your students to reach out to you with questions and concerns about access issues."
  • "[B]e willing to be flexible about modes of assignment completion so that educational equity is not overlooked."

4. "Be aware of the learning curve for technologies"

  • "If you are not used to using [mycourselink/D2L], Zoom, or other technologies ..., be prepared for a learning curve for yourself and your students."
  • "Where possible, build in some practice time."

B. "Getting Started with Online Resources"

"[I]dentify the key goals for your class and think about the most straightforward ways of achieving those goals."

1. "[L]ook at guides for online teaching to get advice and ideas, but don’t try to cover everything."

  • "[A]im for changes that connect to your teaching style and can be communicated in a consistent and transparent way to your students."

2. "[P]articipate in training for Zoom and [mycourselink/D2L]." 

3. "Labs or interactive STEM classes"

  • "[C]onsider how the online environment will allow you to experiment with delivery of your classes."

C. "Keep Communication and Expectations clear"

  • "Create a short introductory video in your [mycourselink/D2L] site to help students understand changes in class delivery."
  • "Set up regular times and modes for announcements so students know where and when to look for information."
  • "Provide clear guidelines for assessment tasks."
  • "Be patient with students as they navigate these changes and be available to them through online office hours as well as email communication."

D. "Use Your Support Network"

  • "Reach out to" the Teaching Commons "for help with pedagogical questions on how to adapt your teaching" and "for help with technical questions about platforms and tools" (and don't forget TSC).
  • "Reach out to colleagues who have experience in the online environment, including blended learning, flipped classrooms, and digital assignments; they will be able to offer suggestions and encouragement."
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