TIPS FOR TEACHING AN ONLINE CLASS:
- As a professor you should contact individual students at least once a month. Lack of communication with students can reflect negatively on you.
- Use a variety of tools besides a textbook to teach the course. For example doing at home experiments for hands on experience in a science class or encouraging students to visit an art museum for fine arts class.
- Make sure to email reminders of due dates.
- Incorporate a guide to taking an online course to give students new to online courses a reference for questions. For example, “How do I submit a paper through Turn It In Plagiarism Checker?”
- Have deadlines throughout the course to keep students on track.
- Encourage class discussions.
- Try to upload recordings or videos of lectures if possible or other tools to get one on one contact with students. For example, using Face time, Skype, or some other instrument.
- Do not insist on collaborative projects or group work online. Remember that many students taking online courses do so because of an inability or lack of time to be in a group/class.
TIPS FOR LEARNING ONLINE:
- Do not underestimate online courses, take them seriously. They still take up as much time as a regular face to face course.
- Choose course content that is interesting to you or that you feel you will not struggle with as much as a subject you have no background on. This is because there is a lack of face to face time in online courses and one on one with an instructor for help. Also the fact that most online classes are student centered. You must be ready to spend time self teaching the content. Your progress and achievement highly depends on you! Have motivation, work ethic, and discipline.
- Log in daily in order to keep up with updates and information in the course. Anything can happen or change, be prepared for it!
- Keep in contact with teacher, ask questions. Email them and do not be afraid to ask for help aside from the professor. For example, look into online tutoring and contacting others in the course.
- Stay organized throughout the course even if it means creating your own planner or printing out the online syllabus or resources.
- Avoid procrastination! Remember you can work ahead/get your work done before due dates and this will cut down on stress and free up more time for other tasks you have to complete.
- Try to steer clear of distractions. For example having other tabs open on your computer, people talking in the room, or listening to music.
College is all about wanting to better yourself and learn new things. Hard work always pays off! My Intro to World Religions professor has some great pointers to succeeding in college classes. These could easily be applied to any class!