Your content is online, what's next? Some tips for supporting learning and teaching

One of the biggest changes we’re seeing as a result of coronavirus is university teachers having to shift their content and teaching online. I’m one of a handful of people in the world with a PhD in the effective delivery of online university teaching and learning.

Over the next two weeks (14-27 March) I’m going to share one practical tip each day to help you effectively establish and maintain your online teaching presence. Stick with me over the next 14 days and I'll guide you through how to interact with your online students.

Tip #1: Start by telling your students how you’ll be interacting with them

Why should I do this?

Clearly communicated expectations will help students to manage their time and expectations. For you, it will mean your email inbox won’t be bombarded with requests 24/7.

How do I do this?

Step one: Identify each tool that you’ll be using to communicate with your students.

Step two: Tell students how and when you (and them!) will be using each tool.

Step three: Follow through on step two so that your students trust you — this will be important to building your online teaching credibility with your students.

What does this look like?

The example below can be used and modified to communicate to your students how you’ll be interacting with them.

Tip #2: Tell students about their first webinar

Tip #3: Establish your discussion board presence

Tip #4: Facilitate an engaging webinar

Tip #5: Email students who aren’t logging into the LMS

Tip #6: Encourage your students to prepare for the first assessment

Tip #7: Build feedback loops into your online teaching practice

Published By

Dawn Marie Gilmore,

Ph.D.Director of Teaching & Learning at RMIT Online

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