Teaching online is different than teaching in a face-to-face setting. Both are powerful experiences, but they require very different activities to implement successfully. We've collected the following resources on best practices for teaching online.
8 Lessons Learning from Teaching Online
- High touch over high tech
- Digital storytelling
- Use technology intentionally
- External resources
- Be explicit
- Fun and the unexpected
- Login regularly
- Personal Feedback
Practice 1: Instructor Presence
Establish teaching presence early and often:
- Post announcements, appear on video and participate in discussions.
- Show your personality, passion, and expertise.
Practice 2: Real World Applications
Motivate students by making a real-world connection:
- Show students how they will apply what they are learning.
Practice 3: Teach for Online Students
Orient students to the online course:
- Break learning into smaller chunks. Establish a pattern of activity and due dates.
- Describe expectations for online participation, communication, and netiquette.
- Provide technical support information.
Practice 4: Clear Expectations
Help students dive straight into the content by providing them with:
- Detailed syllabus.
- Due dates and schedule.
- Clear assignment directions.
Practice 5: Learning Objectives
Alignment matters! Be sure that:
- Course content aligns with objectives and assessments.
- Extra content not directly supporting the learning objectives is removed or made optional.
Practice 6: Prompt Feedback
Provide feedback to improve student outcomes:
- Reinforce important materials, concepts, and skills.
- Provide timely feedback students can apply during the course.
Practice 7: Engage Students
The quality of interaction between students is a sign of a successful class:
- Create educational experiences for students that are challenging, enriching, and that extend their academic abilities.
- Provide students with opportunities to interact with peers, such as through discussion and group work.