Archives for April 2010

Tips for Teaching with Blogs

I recently gave a talk at the UIC e-Teaching Symposium sharing practical tips for teaching with blogs. Here’s the video from the session recorded on a Flip HD pocket video camera along with the interactive handout in the form of a blog at The Flip HD automatically stopped recording after 1 hour, so unfortunately the archive is missing the final 30 mins. of the talk

Teaching with Blogs: Tips and Best Practices from the Trenches from Jason Rhode on Vimeo.

Online Instructor Performance Expectations

Lawrence C. Ragan, Director of Faculty Development for Penn State’s World Campus, discusses their online instructor performance expectations. In this short video clip he shares the following general guidelines for PSU’s online faculty for teaching an online course:

  1. Show up and teach
  2. Monitor the learning experience for the students
  3. Develop regular patterns of communications
  4. Communicate to the learners if there are changes or adjustments to the activities or flow of the course
  5. Respond to learner inquiries within 24 hours (12 hours if possible)
  6. Be very concise and clear in feedback
  7. Submit assignment and exam grades promptly (24-48 hours for assignments)
  8. Communicate to learners when they can expect feedback from you
  9. Use communication tools from within the learning management system
  10. Ensure a quality learning experience by correcting errors in course materials as soon as possible
  11. Have a good relationship with your institutional support services
  12. Have ready and reliable access to your online course

What additional performance recommendations would you recommend for online faculty? Leave a comment with your suggestions!

How to Create Custom Twitter Widget and Embed in Blackboard

This screencast demonstrates the easy steps to create a custom Twitter widget and embed in Blackboard