About Online Teaching
The following suggested reading may be of interest to instructors and faculty members who are teaching online courses. Click on any of the following tabs in order to see corresponding current related articles and research. There you will find tips and tools for best practices in course management, highly effective instruction, assessment, and other helpful strategies to utilize in an online environment.
The following articles describe the various ways courses can be delivered.
Consider the syllabus components that may be useful for distance learners.
Create specific and measurable student goals for each lesson or module. These objectives articulate the knowledge and skills students should have at the end of each lesson or module.
Quality instruction can be delivered in various ways in an online environment.
- 5 Killer eLearning Tips to Help You Dominate Content Chunking (Gutierrez, 2014)
- 6 Scientifically Proven Brain Facts That eLearning Professionals Should Know (Pappas, 2014)
- 6 Tips for Keeping Students Engaged (Lorenzetti, 2013)
- College Success: A Fresh Look at Differentiated Instruction and Other Student-Centered Strategies (Lightweis, 2013)
- Expanding Your Online Pedagogy Toolkit (Mintz, 2014)
- Expert Reflections on Effective Online Instruction: Importance of Course Content (Ryan, Jonick, & Langub, 2015)
- How MOOC Video Production Affects Student Engagement (Hazlett, 2014)
- How to choose the best Ed-Tech tools for Online Instruction (Morrison, 2012)
- Learner-Centered Online Instruction (McCombs, 2015)
- Seven Tips to Sustain Motivation and Keep Learners Coming Back for More! (McMillen, 2014)
- Studies Confirm the Power of Visuals in eLearning (Gutierrez, 2014)
- Three Strategies for Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences (Meyers, 2014)
Valuable assignments foster opportunites for students to make gains in mastering the learning objectives.
Assessments provide both student and teacher a picture of the degree to which students are meeting the learning objectives. They also allow the teacher an opportunity to communicate feedback to the student.
- 7 Things You Should Know About Calibrated Peer Review (EDUCAUSE, 2013)
- Constructive Criticism in an Online Environment (Frederick, 2015)
- Frame Your Feedback: Making Peer Review Work in Class (Moore, 2016)
- Formative Assessment in the 21st Century (Diogenes, 2015)
- Formative Assessment: The Secret Sauce of Blended Success (Dreon, 2014)
- Online formative assessment in higher education: Its pros and cons (Baleni, 2015)
- Reporting, Reaching, and Reflecting: Guidelines for Journal Writing (Chapnick, 2014)
- Show the Learner Visible Signs of their Learning (Kapp, 2014)
- The Art of Giving Online Feedback (Leibold & Schwarz, 2015)
- Testing students during video lectures improves learning (Rathi, 2013)
Course evaluations (mid-course and end-of-course) allow instructors an opportunity to make instructional changes in order to meet student learning needs.