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Does the time you spend teaching online lead to a better learning experience for your students? When is more time better—and when is it just more? Drawing on student feedback and the recommendations of master teachers, we discuss practical strategies for streamlining your online teaching. (Facilitator: Jenny Michael, Online Education)

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Key Questions

  • Does the time you spend teaching online lead to a better learning experience for your students?

What do online students want (based on class evaluations)?

    • Instructor presence – including:

      • Timely responses to questions

      • Timely feedback on their work

      • Engagement in the discussion

    • A sense of personal connection – with you and with their classmates

Students can tell you are present when they see your "footprints" in the class:

    • a new announcement

    • your answer to their question

    • your response to their work

    • your post in the discussion

    • your answer to their email (in the Mailbox)

Students feel connected when:

    • you respond to them as individuals

    • they engage with their classmates

  • How can we make online teaching sustainable for instructors?
  • How can we find a balance between meeting students' needs and meeting our own needs?

Key Challenges & Solutions

(star)(star) Core Strategies
  • Get organized.

  • Prioritize: Will doing XX make a difference to your students?

  • Recycle your best stuff.

  • Expect students to take responsibility for their own learning.

  • Update your class.

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(star) Challenge #1: Students are asking lots (and lots) of questions.
  • Set clear expectations & anticipate questions.

  • Simplify & clarify communication.

  • Refer all technical questions to the Help Desk.

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(star)Challenge #2: Discussion management is too time-consuming.
  • Run a student-centered discussion.

  • Use some “canned” responses.

  • Respond to several students at once.

  • Post your final (wrap-up) comments in an announcement.

  • Simplify your discussion grading.

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(star)Challenge #3: I'm having trouble posting feedback/grades quickly enough.
  • Respond to work as it comes in.

  • Make a schedule.

  • Prioritize your reviews.

  • Focus your feedback:

    • Ask students to fill out a "process sheet" when they submit an assignment.
    • Use rubrics or templates or scripts to organize your feedback.
    • Post your feedback where students are most likely to see it. 

  • Post a "pre-critique."

  • Do a “keynote” critique.

  • Try peer critiques.

  • Take advantage of available tools:

    • Use multiple windows/tabs.
    • Use the Notes tool – including audio feedback.
    • Try dictation software.
    • Try the new video recorder.
    • Do live critiques in your online office.
    • Do live critiques with Camtasia or IShowU
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(star) Challenge #4: My online class is taking over my life!
  • Establish a routine.

  • Prioritize your daily check-in.

  • Don’t multitask.

  • Abandon guilt & perfectionism.

  • Give yourself permission to have a life!

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