Online Pedagogy

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

  1. High touch over high tech
  2. Digital storytelling
  3. Use technology intentionally
  4. External resources
  5. Be explicit
  6. Fun and the unexpected
  7. Login regularly
  8. 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.

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