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Online Faculty Fellows Showcase Spring 2016

Notes from the Online Faculty Fellows Showcase – Spring Semester 2016

  1. Show your personality, that you are a “human” teaching an online class
  2. Provide a simple navigation structure, one with modules, weeks, or other overall organizational structure
  3. If you want students to create a portfolio throughout the semester, setup “groups of 1” where individual students share their work and you have access to review, grade, and provide feedback on it
  4. Clean up/hide unnecessary tools in your course site menu
  5. Create an introductory video of yourself; make it personal and ask students to review it during the first week of class.  If you’re camera-shy, at least create a “overview” document that helps students get oriented to the class and how it works.
  6. Provide students with tools for guided reading and studying
  7. Collect student feedback about the course at least at midterm and final times, if not more frequently
  8. If you provide both graded and ungraded content, be specific in titles to indicate what content is graded (and don’t expect students to do/use the content if it’s not graded!)
  9. Use a hidden content area to store notes about the class, such as a log of reset requests for online quizzes and tests, and notes about changes you want to make to the content next semester
  10. Provide a purpose statement for every module/unit of the class
  11. Use Google Calendar to create a class calendar, link it in your class menu
  12. Check out this resource for a great list of assignment types: http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/Resources/OTAI/index.asp
  13. “My students said they felt like they knew me.”  Develop strategies in your online classes that make THIS happen at the end of the semester.
  14. Ask someone else to navigate through your class and provide feedback on how it works.
  15. Be present in your class.  Let your students know you’re there through announcements, replies to posts, and feedback on assignments.
  16. Do a pre- and post-class survey assessment of students.  Ask them why they are in the class, what they want to accomplish, what they like best about learning online; then, ask the same questions at the end of the class.  Compare the results and adjust accordingly.
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