Doing a little spade work now can make teaching easier next time around.
Here are some things to try:
Spend some time reflecting back on the previous semester. What went especially well? What activities did not work as well as you would have liked? Using this worksheet can help you assess your class and your performance—and help you determine the sorts of changes you might want to make next semester.
- Go back through your class and save samples of work to show future students, as well as thoughtful discussion posts and announcements that you might be able to reuse. Create a file (e.g., a Word document) where you can organize, save, and easily retrieve this material for use next semester.
- Did you find errors in your course content that you have not already fixed? Now is the time to take care of these issues! Send an email to the Online Help Desk to request any changes.
- Were there certain tasks or concepts that several of your students had trouble with? Consider compiling a set of guidelines or a list of tips or an FAQ, which you can post in your discussion next semester (as an announcement or an informational topic), to help cut down on repetitive questions. You might create a set of general tips for broader issues, and/or you might create assignment-specific tips, which you could include in the global topic for the relevant assignment. Eventually, these sorts of additions should be worked into the module content—which would typically happen as part of a course rebuild. It is usually not feasible to rebuild a class between semesters, but it might be possible to add some content to your modules. Talk with your Academic Director about both short-term fixes and longer-term solutions.
- If substantial changes to the content of your class are necessary, contact your Academic Director with your feedback. You might even be interested in exploring the possibility of rebuilding the class.