Notes from the Online Faculty Fellows Showcase – Spring Semester 2016
- Show your personality, that you are a “human” teaching an online class
- Provide a simple navigation structure, one with modules, weeks, or other overall organizational structure
- 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
- Clean up/hide unnecessary tools in your course site menu
- 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.
- Provide students with tools for guided reading and studying
- Collect student feedback about the course at least at midterm and final times, if not more frequently
- 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!)
- 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
- Provide a purpose statement for every module/unit of the class
- Use Google Calendar to create a class calendar, link it in your class menu
- Check out this resource for a great list of assignment types: http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/Resources/OTAI/index.asp
- “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.
- Ask someone else to navigate through your class and provide feedback on how it works.
- Be present in your class. Let your students know you’re there through announcements, replies to posts, and feedback on assignments.
- 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.