If you, like many readers of the Cengage Learning Blog, have taught an online course, you can name some of the factors that lead to a satisfying learning experience for your students. You might list such things as: clearly stated goals and expectations; frequent and timely communication; use of dynamic and interactive learning tools; or, well-written instructions for navigating the learning management system. As you designed your course for this term, you likely built many of these strategies into your teaching plan.
It can also help to consider what makes for an ineffective course. Inefficiency, inconsistency, lack of cohesiveness… anything that leads to confusion on your students’ end can ultimately effect your experience as an instructor. Obviously, you’ll want to do what you can to avoid those missteps whenever possible.
Should you want to enhance your ability to teach online and ensure you’re implementing as many best practices as possible, you may be interested in reviewing our recent webinar, “Effectively Leading and Managing the Online Course.” During this webinar, Dr. Sean J. Glassberg of Horry Georgetown Technical College (East Conway, South Carolina) reviews the essential elements that lead to a successful online learning experience. Throughout the presentation, he covers a number of strategies and methods that you can use for developing an interactive course. He shares ideas for engaging your students and suggests a number of tech tools you can use to add interactivity to your course.
And the end of the presentation, you’ll hear from Jason Hales of Cengage Learning, who discusses how MindTap can also assist with effectively leading and managing the online course.
What are your best practices for teaching online? Share them below.