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SELECTED ONLINE COURSE DESIGN & INSTRUCTION RESOURCES

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SOURCE

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GETTING STARTED: GENERAL ADVICE FOR RAPID ONLINE TRANSITION

 

Article

Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start

  • Provides a short list of steps to take when planning how to move your course online.

Article

Moving Online midsemester: Educause

 

  • Addresses questions you or your students might have as you prepare to move your in-residence course to an online format.
  • Describes how you can make this transition in an effective, achievable manner.

Infographic

How to Start Teaching Remotely

 

  • Broad visual overview of online transition process.
  • Guides you through key questions to ask as you plan for these transitional stages.

Article

Putting some of your course content online in a hurry? We have resources for you!

 

  • Presents several models for formatting an online course based on your current in-class instructional format, including:
    • Seminar/discussion-based
    • Lectures/larger classes
    • Small groups/hands-on

Infographic

Your First Week of Online Teaching in Five Easy Steps

  • Brief description of five steps to take during the first week of teaching online.
  • Includes sample timeline and checklist

Planning Worksheet

RULE OF 2’s: Keeping It Simple as You Go Remote for #COVID19

  • Brainstorming prompts. You list answers to several questions that help identify ideas for developing your online course.
    • E.g., Guiding principles, tools, content chunks to include

Video

Synchronous or Asynchronous What's Best for You

  • Describes the differences between synchronous and asynchronous online learning.
  • Gives pros and cons for each.

BEST PRACTICES

Article

Tips for Those Who are New to Online Teaching

  • Tips for synchronous (live) instruction and pre-recording content.
  • Geared toward beginners in these areas.

 

Advice Guide

How to Be a Better Online Teacher

 

This guide provides tips on how to transition from teaching in a face-to-face classroom to an online environment. It is geared specifically towards those who have little experience teaching online.

  • 10 essential principles and practices of better online teaching
  • Common misconceptions
  • How to find help

Infographic

Best Practices for Teaching Online

 

  • Brief descriptions of seven best practices for online teaching.
  • Focus on student: instructor interaction.

Video

Best Practices to Teach Online

 

  • Comprehensive overview of best practices in ten areas of online course design and instruction, from planning to assessment and evaluation.

 

Web Page

Pedagogical Considerations for Online Teaching

  • Describes how your perspectives of “class time” and the role of the instructor should differ in an online environment.
  • Addresses implications for course design and instructor: student interactions.

Article

Best Practices for Large-Enrollment Online Courses: Managing instructor-student communication and presence

  • Presents several strategies for maintaining communication with students and helping them to feel connected to you, as the instructor, as well as their fellow students.

 

Article

20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers

  • Infographic and descriptions of 20 ways to create, facilitate, and assess collaborative activities.

BUILDING AND TEACHING AN ONLINE COURSE

Checklist

QM Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist

 

  • Provides an annotated list of “actionable strategies” to rapidly move an in-residence course to an online environment. Includes three sections:

1.     Start Here: Preparing for Success

2.     Next Steps: Guiding Students and Their Learning

3.     Longer Term Considerations: Teaching Effectively in a New Environment

Video Series

Professors: How to Take Your Course Online

  • Series of videos that addresses different aspects of transitioning to an online environment, including:
    • Student engagement, content curation and organization, assessment, and course experiences

Article

Furman Tech options

  • List and descriptions of potential synchronous and asynchronous technology platforms.
  • Includes links to tutorials.

Website

Digital Teaching Toolkit

  • Set of resources for selecting and operating technology in an online course, including guides and tutorials for:
    • Technology for synchronous and asynchronous teaching modes
    • Technology for discussions and assessments

Website

ACUE Teaching Online Toolkit

  • Comprehensive set of resources for transitioning to online environment, including videos and written guides for:
    •     Managing your online presence
    •     Organizing your online course
    •     Planning and facilitating discussions
    •     Recording and using microlectures

Website

Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning

  • Repository for guides on online teaching and learning strategies, including
    • Instructor role adjustment/teaching persona
    • Readiness to teach online
    • Online teaching principles
    • Social presence
    • Discussion board facilitation

eBook (13 pages)

iDesign iDEA Book

  • Describes 8 components of online course design, from creating learning objectives to designing course modules.
  • Provides links for more detailed information on various topics.

Course

Teach in a Pinch Course

  • Guides you through transitioning a course to an online format.

Mini Courses

Skills Commons Intro to Distance Education Course

 

Skills Commons Designing and Teaching Online

  • If you are looking for a more comprehensive resource to learn the basics of online teaching, this sequence of two mini courses (5-6 modules each) introduces:
    • Overview of Distance Education & terminology
    • Using online technology tools for instruction, collaboration, and communication
    • Designing effective online courses

ACCESSIBILITY

Article

ADA Compliance for Online Course Design

  • Defines accessibility and what steps to take to ensure your online course is accessible and in compliance with ADA Standards.

Article

Brown Inclusive learning

  • Provides ideas for designing assignments that meet learning objectives but accommodate students with limited access to Internet or computers.

Article

Videoconferencing Alternatives: How Low-Bandwidth Teaching Will Save Us All

  • Describes alternative instructional methods to live-streaming (synchronous video) instruction.
  • How

RESOURCE REPOSITORIES

Spreadsheet

College resource list

  • List of links to higher education institutions’ resource pages.

Web Page

NC list

  • List of links to online course design and instruction resource pages.

Website

Cengage's ESources and Help for Faculty Affected by COVID-19

  • Quick guides for instructors transitioning to online instruction.

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