1. Development, should start early. Do not underestimate how much time online content takes to develop. Here’s a useful Resource for Online Instructors.
2. Welcome, your students by sending a welcome email introducing yourself and the course they have enrolled in.
3. Prepare, by using, Strategies to Make your Online Teaching Better.
4. Test, your material before your class goes live especially if you have a lot of embedded links and video.
5. PDF is an accessible file format. Students don’t always have the latest version of software or the software you are saving your files under, therefore, make your files easily accessible by saving under the PDF format.
6. Hyperlinks: Create your hyperlinks so they open in a new page then test the connection. This allows the audience to open a new window without losing their starting point.
7. Open Your Mind: Use a social bookmarking tool, such as Diigo to connect course related material.
8. Prezi Presentations: Consider using presentation software other than PowerPoint. Check out, Getting Started with Prezi.
9. Patience: Be patient. Students may need additional assistance with the Learning Management System or technology tools they are expected to use. Therefore, consider supplementing student material with ready-made content from YouTube. Here’s an excellent Podcast example. If you’re looking for more check out the, 100 Best Video Sites for Educators.
10. Assess Workload: Too much content in an online class can deter students; who may end up picking and choosing what they think is important and not the message you are trying to convey.
11. Consistency: Be consistent with your structure. Create a template and follow it for each module- consistency helps to guide students and avoids confusion.
12. Detail: Offer a very detailed syllabus. When it comes to procedures within an online platform, your syllabus offers class policy and guidance to class expectation.
13. Navigational Hyperlinks: Don’t make your students scroll through your entire syllabus. Add navigational hyperlinks.
14. Browsers: Remember that web pages operate differently on different browsers. Therefore, inform your students as to which browsers work well with your Learning Management Sysetm and which to avoid.
15. Use the Web: Avoid starting from scratch to create course material. Use Merlot to access, use, or build upon ready-made course material.
16. Encourage Communication: Do this by scheduling some synchronous class time with Blackboard Collaboration.
17. Technical Support (troubleshoot): Provide appropriate technical support for your Learning Management System. At Oakton Community College to troubleshoot D2L contact the IT HELP DESK.
18. When should you use Technology: Ask yourself, “how do you plan on utilizing the technology tool; what are the system requirements (hardware/software), and what kind of a learning curve should you anticipate for your student.”
19. Facilitate Collaboration, by using a web publishing tool such as WordPress to blog.
20. Be Social: Consider using a social networking tool like Twitter to microblog.
21. Learn More, about your Learning Management System; explore, Tools-of-the-Trade to Make your Online Teaching Even Better.
22. Technology Tools: To encourage student engagement and communication, have available, and be knowledgeable in a good variety of technology tools that you can use within the online environment. Check out my personal favorites. For additional examples check out; 50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher should know About.
23. Be Present: Being present consists of three things: your persona, how social you are, and what your instructional role is. Read more- Creating a Sense of Instructor Presence in the Online Classroom. If you are going to teach in the online platform, you need to be present. Building a learning community with your presence builds student trust and creates a connection!