In any course, it is important to communicate any guidelines and expectations. This is especially important in an online course, as the instructor does not have the benefit of meeting face-to-face with students. Learn about important expectations and guidelines to share with students and how they can be communicated.
- [Voiceover] Another important factor to consider…when designing your online course,…is to communicate any guidelines and expectations.…Most of your guidelines and expectations are similar…to those of a traditional classroom,…but remember that you will not have…that constant face-to-face time, with the students.…It's important that students have access to your guidelines…and expectations right away at the beginning of your course,…and they should be easy to find and easy to understand.…I recommend including them in your syllabus,…and posting them in different ares, so that students…are able to see them right when they enter your course.…
It may be a good idea to include a copy…of them in other places, such as…course resources, links, and updates.…Right now I'm going to navigate to a canvas account,…and once inside of here, I'll click…on my Animal Behavior course, and I've chosen…to have the course modules as the home page,…in many of the learning management systems,…you can choose what you want the homepage to be,…
Staff author Oliver Schinkten draws the connections between high-quality instruction and online education. He provides a framework for creating a digital classroom—with or without a learning management system—and guidance to get students interacting with the course material, the instructor, and each other. Collaboration is the key to making the learning experience more dynamic. Oliver also shows how to incorporate digital resources and the latest ed tech into your classroom, and make sure the lessons are accessible to students of all ability levels.
- What is online education?
- Why does online education succeed?
- Understanding learning management systems
- Incorporating technology in the classroom
- Setting guidelines and expectations about online courses
- Writing learning outcomes and learning objectives
- Sharing and curating files and resources
- Tracking student progress
- Engaging students
- Fostering communication
- Providing feedback
- Making learning accessible to students with disabilities