• Remote Instruction Best Practices

    Myths and Realities of Online Instruction

    If you’re new to online instruction, it’s important to examine the assumptions that guide your development of an online course. This module will give you a starting point by addressing some common myths and their (perhaps counter-intuitive) realities. 5 Myths About Remote Teaching in the Covid-19 Crisis Myths and Realities of Teaching Online (University of Illinois) A few common myths MYTH: “Online learning means my students have more time to spend on their coursework.” REALITY: Students learning remotely still have other courses demanding their attention, and they’re more likely to be expected to help out around the house. Students who are caring for parents or younger siblings may have less…

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    Course Environment, Expectations, and Management

    A key step to student success in online course is creating a welcoming, consistent environment in which students feel comfortable and can focus on the course content. Overview:     •    Set clear, concise expectations for behavior and participation    •    Minimize the number of platforms students need to access    •    Provide weekly lists of readings, assignments, and other activities before each week begins    •    Provide contact and support information for students Situating Students Create a welcome video for your students to encourage a sense of connection Organize your course to minimize the number of places students need to look for information and submit their work. (E.g., don’t email some announcements, post others to Moodle,…

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    Designing an Accessible Online Course

    This module discusses the importance of accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and provides tips and resources for making your course accessible to all students. Why is accessibility important? Good course design builds in accessibility from the beginning. Course materials and tools are accessible if they can be used as effectively by people with disabilities as by those without (Jim Thacher). Accessibility falls under the rubric of Universal Design for Learning. UDL aims to change the design of the environment rather than to change the learner. “Universal design for learning (UDL) is curriculum that emphasizes the need for flexibility and encourages faculty to consider a framework for designing courses that provide…

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    Student Engagement & Active Learning

    This module discusses the importance of student engagement and active learning, and provides tips and resources for incorporating active learning into your online courses. What is Active Learning? “Active learning is an approach to instruction that involves actively engaging students with the course material through discussions, problem solving, case studies, role plays and other methods. Active learning approaches place a greater degree of responsibility on the learner than passive approaches such as lectures, but instructor guidance is still crucial. Active learning activities may range in length from a couple of minutes to whole class sessions or may take place over multiple class sessions.” (Queens University, Ontario) (source: https://www.queensu.ca/teachingandlearning) Active Learning Strategies…

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    Instructional Design: Multimodal Content Delivery and Course Organization

    Multimodal student interaction and activity examples Student activities: Synchronous discussion Asynchronous discussions (e.g. discussion boards) Think, Pair, Share activities Assignments: Video Assignments Presentations Written content in various forms: academic essay, blog post, journal entries, wiki entries etc Infographics Maps,Story maps Timelines Additional Resources: Blending with purpose: the multimodal model

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