Quality Online Teaching: Best Practices for Delivering an Online Course

Teaching an online course is not so different from teaching a F2F course. You still need to communicate with your students, grade student work, and support their learning. There are some differences, though, and research has shown that following some best practices can increase student success. In this archived online workshop, find out how to best support your students in the online environment. You will discover practical strategies you can implement in your own online courses.

#BbWorld15 Blackboard – Inspire the World to Learn

To Tweet Or Not To Tweet

Thanks to a post by Laura Pasquini, I came across this clever video by Marc-André Lalande sharing the benefits for educators to utilize Twitter professionally. I myself have long been a proponent of the use of Twitter by educators and this is yet another great explanation of the benefits. Check it out!

Digital Media – New Learners Of The 21st Century

This PBS video features some of the foremost thought leaders, innovators and practitioners in the field of education sharing a startling preview of a 21st Century education revolution.

Watch the full episode. See more Digital Media – New Learners Of The 21st Century.

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!