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Online Teaching Checklist

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A bit about Time Management

Course Orientation:

This is the who, what, when, where, why, how as well as the first steps.

  • Course Outline
  • Contact Information
  • Course Expectations - Assignments, Activities (including protocol for online behavior)
  • Evaluation and Assessment (written lists, explanations or rubrics)
  • Discourse Evaluation (and buy-in if it is being negotiated)
  • Timing – course pace and schedule, instructor availability
  • In WebKF, refer to “WebKF Getting Started” Note 1
  • Remind students that they can use help files and download manuals.
  • Welcome Note
    Welcome notes are critical to tell students how the course will begin, where to go (URL), how to login, how to get help if required, the first steps once they enter their environment (which usually start with a introductory activity (to the students and the technology)

FORUM (View) Setup: Initially begin with:

  • Ice Breakers
  • Course Bio and Introduction (this acts as writing benchmark and introduction)
  • Student Email Registry – best completed within the icebreaker or intro activity

FORUM (View) Setup: In the environment, you will need:

  • Administrative Area wher you post the course outline and expectations
  • Social Place, where students can chat informally
  • Resource Area (class collection of resources)
  • Technical Problems and Solution Forum – and draw attention to all related available resources and procedures
  • Weekly, Daily or Chapter/Topical Views
  • Assignment Posting or Team/Group Views

A few things to remember while teaching:

  • Create and encourage a professional and fun sense of community
  • Get a sense of who your class is and how you can best work with them
  • Promote the extension of ideas – let it go unless you see things going in the wrong
  • or incorrect direction
  • Try not to cut information – keep things open-ended, answer with a question or
  • guiding issue that promotes discovery
  • Don’t change the subject too quickly
  • Don’t respond to every question but model your questions and responses
  • Praise in public (one to one or one to many)
  • Rebuff in private – usually via email
  • Provide accurate links and resources
  • Be flexible!
  • Ensure you review the student portal of this site.

Technologies and Support:

Use the various checklists provided anywhere on this site and especially in the Toolbox section of this site. These lists help everyone troubleshoot problems much easier and often prevents a problem from starting! Some include:

Be aware of:


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