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Whether you’re an experienced online instructor or new to the online classroom, the following resources can help you prepare your summer and fall courses. Still stuck? Reach out to our experts for assistance.

Student Engagement

Whether you are moving an existing face-to-face course online or creating an online course from the ground up, one of the most important considerations is your strategy for student engagement. The online modality offers many strategies for students to engage authentically with content, instructors, and fellow students. Take advantage of a variety of approaches to facilitate student robust interaction – which may include synchronous components, asynchronous components, or both. A sense of community helps online students to stay motivated and feel connected, and there are many tools at your disposal to foster this engagement.

Assessment Strategies

Before planning formative and summative assessments for your online course, explore the wide variety of different assessments that online platforms allow you to create. The online environment offers convenient, effective tools for providing customized scoring and feedback to each student via rubrics, personalized written comments, and a wide variety of grading and grade delivery options. This includes the opportunity for automatic feedback and scoring, which provides immediate evaluative information to students. Here are some resources detailing best practices in online assessment.

Platforms

Platforms such as Compass 2G, Mediaspace, and Zoom allow you to effectively deliver content to your students and facilitate interaction anywhere and anytime. Consider which platforms and tools will best meet your needs after familiarizing yourself with what is available and with the capabilities of each tool. While conceptualizing your online course, an awareness of this toolbox will help you to appropriately plan activities and assessments that are authentic, engaging, and accessible.

Course Materials & Production

Online learning facilitates the easy development and delivery of multimedia and other content that students can access at any time – allowing students to revisit materials as needed. Create a diverse assortment of engaging material to produce optimal learning outcomes. Plan and produce your course content carefully, considering your schedule and pacing as well as appropriately scaffolding understanding. While laying out these course materials, consider that students may need more structure and clearer organization in online courses than they require while attending classes in person. 

Compliance Concerns

With its greater reach and permanency, the online learning environment brings new legal challenges and obligations. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your responsibilities for protecting student privacy, developing accessible content and following copyright best practices in online courses.

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