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Encouraging student participation in synchronous videoconference sessions

How this will help: Identify ways that you might encourage active participation in web conferencing sessions. Know where to find resources related to creating participatory environments. The basics When groups including classes meet in real-time online via a video conferencing tool, it’s tempting to just use the time for a presentation or a question and […]

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Planning for credit hours

How this will help: Understand why the workload for an online course may feel different. Estimate the workload for students in an online course. The basics How do you know how much work is in a credit hour? For many of us, credit hours indicate how long and often your class meets in person. What […]

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Creating rubrics for effective assessment management

How this will help: Articulate the value of rubrics for your online course. Describe the different types of rubrics that can help you with your grading workflow. Develop first drafts of rubrics for your assignments and assessments. The basics Regardless of whether your course is online or face to face, you will need to provide […]

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The (very) basics of screen casting lecture

How this will help: Understand the most basic tools for recording video/lecture content. The basics Once you have decided to record some of your own content, it’s time to make some decisions on how to record them. Recording lecture content can be on a spectrum from incredibly simple (and cheap) to a substantial investment in […]

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How is online teaching and learning really different?

How will this help: Recognize the key differences between face to face and online teaching. Compare online teaching practices to personal teaching practices. The basics The first step in learning the differences between online and face-to-face teaching is understanding that one is not necessarily ‘better’ than the other. There are numerous aspects of traditional teaching […]

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Online teaching & emergency remote teaching

How this will help: Define some vocabulary around online teaching and learning. The basics Emergency remote teaching In March of 2020, the University of Michigan went online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the delivery of classes took place online, it was not the same as the type of learning experiences that come from a […]

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Giving good online feedback

How this will help: Give effective feedback. Have strategies for giving feedback that reflects a supportive tone. The basics When you teach a face-to-face course, many instructors develop some kind of relationship with the class as well as individual learners. You may come to associate names with faces, and in turn, writing styles, personality, strengths, […]

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Building your online instructor persona

How this will help: Explore what it means to be a person and instructor in an online environment. Identify activities to increase instructor presence in the online classroom. The basics One of the most frequent concerns of new online instructors is whether or not they will be able to “get to know” their students and […]

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Half-life your message

How this will help: Understand the importance of restructuring pedagogical content to be concise and message-driven. Apply the Half-Life Your Message tool to your own communication and teaching efforts. The basics If you are accustomed to teaching in a face-to-face class, you’ve probably lectured at some point. If you are teaching online, It’s very tempting […]

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Creating your syllabus for an online class

How this will help: Identify key features of a syllabus that benefit online students. Determine in what ways you will want to update your syllabus for online teaching. The basics Syllabi are highly personal — some are very short, some are very comprehensive. How you choose to describe your course and assignments is unique to […]

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