As I wrap up another semester of online teaching with success rates at or near 100%, I decided to share the things I do that matter most to student learning and success. My hope is that this dispels any myth that teaching online is easy. Just as with learner success, teaching success is the result of deliberate effort, wise strategies, and help seeking.
Course Overview and Introduction
The following are critical, minimum expectations for a high-quality online course:
Make clear how students get and stay on course. Offer a brief orientation module that introduces learners to the course’s purpose and structure, communication expectations, policies, minimum technology requirements, required computer and digital literacy skills. Effectively meeting this guideline means:
Help students prepare to successfully learn online. Offer evidence-based advice on how to learn, stay motivated, and be productive online. Effectively meeting this guideline means:
Bottom Line: These principles emphasize learning and success.
For more essential standards for online learning, you can check out Part 2 on Course Management and Part 3 on Backwards Design. For questions on these essential standards, email Dr. Bob DuBois at DrBob@UTK.edu
Written by Bob DuBois