Instructor Presence

Establishing and maintaining a strong sense of instructor presence is of upmost importance when teaching an online courses. Not only does it help learners feels connected to the instructor and the course, it can lessen any feelings of isolation and increase a learner’s persistence in the course. There are a number of strategies that you can implement to establish and maintain your instructor presence. Continue reading

Engagement Through Videos

Chances are that if you’ve considered developing an online course, you’ve thought about the role that video will play in your content delivery approach. Videos are visually rich engagement tools that can be leveraged for all types of course communications. In this section we’ll explore different video types and strategies to leverage videos to enhance your online learning experience.

Video Introduction:

This video (6:02) will provide the basics of creating  videos for your course.

Additional Resources:

Next Steps:

  • Plan and record one of the types of videos listed in the resources section above.

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Community Guidelines

Welcome to our Teach Online Community!

We have created this space to engage in dialogue, share resources, show support and encourage collegiality around teaching online. We hope that this will be a thriving community where all voices are heard and valued equally and where a supportive atmosphere drives the conversation. We also hope that it will be a place where you can return to over and over to find valuable insights (and share back your own) to support online teaching and learning.

We do have an ask as you engage with the community to encourage it to thrive:

If you take something, please also leave something.

In other words, please contribute to the experience. This can look like leaving an upvote for the post that provided a great new tip for communicating with students. Or it can be commenting on a post to let the person know you found their contribution valuable and how you applied it in your own practice. Or perhaps it’s answering a question that another member has contributed because you have experience with that topic while someone else answered one of your questions.

Here is a brief overview on how to use the InScribe:

How do I participate?

Participating is easy. Simply –

1.  Learn from the conversations

The community exists to leverage the experience that exists among instructors and facilitate the sharing of ideas.

2.  Ask questions and share your ideas

Whether you are struggling or just curious, the community is the place to start the conversation. When you ask questions and share in the community, everyone benefits from your post and the responses you get.

3.  Answer questions and respond 

It feels good to help others, but that’s not the only reason to do it. Some questions are best answered by a peer who is (or has been) in a similar situation.

4.  Provide feedback

Did someone ask a good question? Upvote the question so everyone knows that a topic deserves more discussion.

Did an answer help you? Upvote the answer so everyone knows the answer is helpful.

Did a resource help? Up vote the resource so others know where to find useful information.

Academic Integrity

Much the same as with campus-immersion or face-to-face courses, promoting a culture of integrity online is of upmost importance. Concerns of students cheating or violating academic integrity exist regardless of the mode of teaching, but there are a variety of strategies that can be implemented to minimize these violations.
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Lab Experiences

Using a digital learning platform you can bring traditional labs that are often done in campus immersion courses to the online learning environment, allowing students to fully immerse in the lab experience. Here we’ll explore ways to do that. 

Video Introduction:

This video (6:39) will give you a brief introduction to conducting labs online. 

Additional Resources:

Next Steps:

  • Review your learning objectives to identify your lab learning objectives
  • Develop a lab option that can be done online and supports your learning objective(s)

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Group Work

Group work online can offer a wide range of benefits to your learners. You will likely need to structure the group work a bit more, provide some additional supports and do a bit of pre-planning to help your online learners be successful in their collaborative experience of working in a group towards a common goal. 

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Learning Design

Learning design is the intentional and deliberate planning of your learning experience to ensure that you create a course that is valuable to your learners, gets them the knowledge and skills they require, and is an engaging and enriching experience.

Video Introduction:

This video (5:41) will give you a brief introduction to learning design.

Additional Resources:

Next Steps:

  • Review and make a copy of this Course Alignment Tool to use as you plan your course. Special thanks to ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts for sharing this valuable resource.
  • Write your course and unit learning objectives and add them to your Course Alignment Tool from above. Use the Learning Objectives Builder to help with this.
  • Use a course design checklist like the one we’ve developed while designing and developing your online course experience. Note that there are ASU Online specific references and resources on this document, but the Course Development Checklist and the Best Practices for Teaching Online. 

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Learning Objectives

Learning objectives are one of the foundational pieces to designing and developing a learning experience. Writing them can be challenging at first, but with some practice and support you’ll quickly improve.

Video Introduction:

This video (4:18) will provide a brief overview to learning objectives.

Additional Resources

Next Steps:

  • Write your course and unit level learning objectives.
  • Add both to the Course Alignment Tool from the Learning Design section.
  • Move to Assessments to start planning how you’ll measure achievement of the learning objectives.

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Assessment

Your assessment strategy for your course should be driven by your learning objectives, be varied, and include both formative and summative assessments.

Video Introduction:

In this video (4:06) we’ll explore assessments more in-depth.

Additional Resources:

Next Steps:

  • Map out your assessment strategy based on your course and unit level learning objectives and add it to your Course Alignment Tool from the Learning Design section.
  • Consider both formative and summative assessment strategies to support your learners.

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Communication

For any course, communication is key! This overview will provide recommendations on how to ensure your communication with your online students is effective, positive, and builds community within your online course.

Video Introduction:

In this video (6:35) we’ll cover a range of communication strategies you might employ in your online course.

Additional Resources:

Next Steps:

  • Create a short introduction video or announcement post so that your students learn a bit more about you as their instructor. Here is a resource to support you in creating an instructor introduction video, Approaches to Instructor Introductions.
  • Start an introduction discussion in your course where students can introduce themselves to one another.
  • Plan your communication strategy so that you have a clear plan about when you are reaching out to students and in which format. 

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