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Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online - 21 views

  • his is the tool that helps a widely dispersed group of students and faculty become a learning community.
  • We have learned to quantify what it means to "be present." The "best o
  • e" faculty -- according to students -- are faculty who show their presence multiple times a week, and at best daily. Setting clear expectations at the beginning of a course with course policies is very helpful, however and can reduce the need for daily presence if that is not your particular style. Setting regular times when you can meet in a virtual classroom, and thus be available -- almost in real time similar to office hours, can be invaluable.
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  • Set up small groups where students can assume responsibility for supportive mentoring of fellow students and summarizing key points of a class assignment.
  • Encourage use of a general open student forum for students to post and request help and assistance
  • Set up problem-solving forums
  • faculty identify the core concepts to be learned in a course -- the performance goals -- and then mentor learners through a set of increasingly complex and even customized projects applying these core concepts.
  • This best practice cannot be overemphasized
  • variety of activities and experiences
  • few hints for discussion postings
  • Launch the class with a personal introduction posting
  • about week 3, ask for informal feedback on "How is the course going?" and "Do you have any suggestions?
  • Combine core concept learning with customized and personalized learning
    • Liz Franklin
      This may be very subjective according to the type of course taught. Stricking the right balance between core content and personal learning makes r breaks a course.
  • Liberal use of a faculty's use of communication tools such as announcements, discussion board postings, and forums communicate to the students that the faculty member cares about who they are, cares about their questions and concerns, and is generally "present" to do the mentoring and challenging that teaching is all about.
  • A good strategy for developing a supportive online course community is to design a course with a balanced set of dialogues. This means designing a course so that the three dialogues of faculty to student, student to student and student to resource are about equal. In most online courses, the dialogue of faculty to student is provided with (1) mini-lectures in text or video or audio podcasts, (2) weekly coaching and reminder announcements and (3) explanations/interactions with the students.
  • Include on your course site a set of expectations for how students communicate and dialogue online and how they communicate with you.
    Ten practices that contribute to an effective, efficient and satisfying teaching and learning experience for both faculty and students.
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    This is an excellent resource for someone setting up an online course or working to make a current course even better. It provides in depth discussions of the ten best practices of online teaching, also offering additional links to other sources.
    I'm starting to be able to relate to this, and this seems like a very nice summary of Best Practices. Thanks
    Extremely informative and to the point! The links to the other sources are also very helpful.
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