Online-by-Design: A Table of Contents

Some of us are just days away from the start of our Fall semester. And whether that is already fully online or hybrid or in-person, it’s likely that your classes may end up being fully online. Successful online teaching is very different from successful in-person teaching, and while no one expects a novice to be… Continue Reading →

Teaching Them How to be Online Students: Suggestions for Lessons and Assignments

This blog post is part of a longer series to help you quickly design an effective online course. If you began with the Start Here post, you’ll have already written your syllabus, chosen your materials and assignments, and built your online shell. Next, we turn to designing lessons and activities. Typically, I recommend designing these… Continue Reading →

Successful Grading in an Online Classroom

This post is part of a series to help you prepare for and navigate online teaching. While you can read the posts in any order, if you are just now building a class, you might want to start here. In online courses, creating careful feedback is even more important than in F2F classes. This is… Continue Reading →

Welcoming Students to Their Online Class

This post is part of a series to help you build an online class. If you want to begin at the beginning of the series, start here. A warm relationship with at least one professor is a high leverage practice–one that helps protect vulnerable students from dropping out. Small schools with low teacher to student… Continue Reading →

How to help students be curious.

We are increasingly aware of the role of K-12 education in “killing curiosity”, and we should be aware of how college can do that, too. Curiosity matters for its own sake–and it is also a strong predictor of learning, even more than focus!  Here are some low-effort ways you can encourage more curiosity in your… Continue Reading →

6 ways to use live sessions in asynchronous classes

Today’s Zoom crash, on the first day for many colleges and public schools (but certainly not the first day of all–we have weeks ahead of us where daily many more people will be trying to learn online), is a reminder that online teaching requires frustration tolerance for technology, which will always fail sometimes. This becomes harder… Continue Reading →

Privacy from Apps in Online Classrooms

While we should be thinking about student privacy in all settings, online classes present an entirely different set of challenges, given that students are often working from their homesand that they are using technologies that allow them to be viewed and recorded there. This is particularly challenging this semester, when we are teaching students who… Continue Reading →

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