Facilitating

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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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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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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Effective office hours

How this will help: Identify various ways in which digital office hours can be structured. Integrate strategies for facilitating effective office hours in the online environment. The basics Online office hours can be an excellent way to interact with students, provide direct feedback, answer questions, and create community among a group of learners. Office hours […]

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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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Formative assessments

How this will help: Connect how formative assessments of student progress are used in an online setting. Identify strategies to assess student progress and understanding using formative assessment techniques. The basics Face-to-face teaching frequently involves visual observation of students “understanding” a course. Faculty frequently use informal methods for what we call “formative assessment” but may […]

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Facilitating asynchronous online discussions

How this will help: Describe four principles for productive online discussion board facilitation. Identify when the discussion needs instructor support. The basics Group dynamics are a key part of facilitating meaningful discussions with students, both face to face and online. For this collaborative space to exist online, the instructor must know how to read the […]

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Successful peer review

How this will help: Recognize the benefits of peer reviews. Convey best practices and how to conduct peer reviews to their students. The basics You may have participated in or assigned a peer review assignment prior to this module. Regardless of your level of experience, you may have already formed opinions regarding the use of […]

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