4 Misconceptions about Online Teaching

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While I am enjoying some more time indoors on this hot August day in Kentucky, I’ve been perusing the web, looking for some good information to share with you. I happened across this article out of The Chronicle of Higher Education by Flower Darby. The entire article is a good read, but I’ll highlight the section that stood… Read more »

Showing Online Students You Care

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The phrase “show, don’t tell” has been popping up on my radar a lot lately. In editing student papers, in researching best practices in CV and cover letter writing, and…in my web reading this week!   A fellow AdjunctWorld community member, Dr. Bruce Johnson, publishes a blog with regular articles about online education. I came… Read more »

Academic Freedom and the Structured Classroom

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One of the things we discuss in our popular Fundamentals of Online Teaching  (OT 101) certificate course is how some schools will provide their online adjuncts with everything the need to teach a course up front. They will give you a syllabus and assignments and even early messages to students and all you do is plug-and-play. Other schools… Read more »

Engaging Students with Weekly Video Announcements

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Last week, we discussed three techniques to use to “invite” your students to an online discussion – a means of increasing engagement, an essential variable in online student (and teacher) success. This week, I’ll add another tip for increasing engagement, as reported on the Blackboard Blog (2016): Increase student engagement by posting weekly video announcements…. Read more »

Crafting Good Discussion Questions and Facilitating Fruitful Conversation

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We know that the discussion board is the heart of any online classroom. One of our responsibilities as online instructors is to craft and facilitate quality discussions that will help students meet the learning objectives of the course. But what types of questions make for good discussions? What are some ways to ensure that the… Read more »