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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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Online course planning blueprint

How this will help: Discover tools to help plan an online course using design strategies The basics If you do any search for “online course design” or read any book on online design, just about every resource emphasizes the importance of planning for online course design. However, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed if you are […]

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Inclusive teaching

How this will help:  Define inclusive teaching and CRLT’s 5 principles of inclusive teaching. Discover concrete inclusive teaching strategies for online teaching. The basics Promoting inclusion and supporting a diverse student body is a core responsibility of instructors. The fulfillment  of that responsibility is dependent on an instructor’s ability to recognize and mediate the impact […]

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Accessibility for facilitating

How this will help: Describe the key features of an accessible course. Identify ways to ensure a course you are teaching, but didn’t design, is accessible for all learners. Know where to find resources on accessible teaching at the University. The basics Although accessibility is a key consideration when designing a course, if you are […]

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Creating authentic assessments

How this will help: Define the term authentic assessment. Describe the value of authentic assessments. Brainstorm ideas for authentic assessments that might work in your online course. The basics Multiple choice questions often can’t tell an instructor everything they want to know about students’ learning. Thinking about what you, as an instructor, want to measure […]

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Using collaborative reading tools

How this will help: Introduction to social annotation reading tools. How to use social annotation in an online class. The basics We know students may struggle to engage with assigned readings. To help remedy this, social annotation tools offer collaborative opportunities for reading, highlighting, and discussing texts online. What is social annotation? Social annotation (SA) […]

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Alignment of your assessments and learning objectives

How this will help: Define what is meant by alignment when describing course design. Describe how well aligned courses support student learning. Brainstorm possible assessments that align with your learning objectives. The basics When designing about the activities and assessments your students complete, both for practicing new skills and to demonstrate what they’ve learned, make […]

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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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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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