Strategies for Online Teaching

This guide is intended to help all faculty, instructors, and TAs prepare for teaching a fully or partially online course. Whether you plan to re-think your course for the online space, or adapt existing structures to a virtual format, the following principles can help you get started. Each section will direct you to relevant tools and strategies, and how to leverage them in your course.  If you're just getting started, begin with an overview of the basic tools.

Spring 2022 will also mean another semester of teaching in a pandemic. Combining Structure and Flexibility provides ways to implement both structure and flexibility and to communicate our expectations to our students.

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A sense that the students and instructor are connected to each other and the material helps students to persist and thrive in class. This section reviews how to create community in your online course.
Canvas can be used to provide students with materials such as readings and videos, as well as to set assignments. We can also use course organization to communicate our goals and help students focus on what is most important in our courses. This section contains information on how to organize your course and communicate with students.
Synchronous class meetings allow for real-time student discussion, problem-solving, clarifications, and emphasizing and summarizing key points. This is a time when students have direct access to the instructor and their peers for help, and can promote a sense of connection to the course. This section explores tools, tips, and strategies for holding synchronous meetings in online courses, including tools such as Zoom and BlueJeans, using breakout rooms for small group work, and virtual whiteboard tools.
Asynchronous course elements are particularly useful for helping students prepare for synchronous sessions, practice and reflect on their understanding, and interact with other students. This section explores tools, tips, and strategies for creating asynchronous elements for online courses, including quizzes, discussion boards, group work, and other assignments.
Designing online assessments that promote both student learning and academic integrity may take rethinking assignments and exams used in face-to-face courses, or it may be simply a matter of adapting those assessments for the online platform. This section contains types of exams or assignments to consider for online courses and information on how to implement assessments such as quizzes, exams, papers, projects and presentations.