FAQs: Online Teaching Tips and Tricks
How do you design a course for online learning?
Instructional design for online learning has been perfected and refined over many years using established principles. There is substantial research to indicate what constitutes best practice in online course design and delivery to achieve success in student learning outcomes and satisfaction. Face-to-face teaching relies heavily on visual and aural clues. In the online environment, different strategies have to be employed to ensure effective teaching and learning. A great deal of help is available for faculty members interested in taking a look at pedagogical strategies for teaching in an online environment.
What is a wiki and when should I use it in my online teaching delivery?
A wiki is a web application that enables collaborative learning by allowing users to easily create, read, contribute, delete, edit and reorganize information on a collection of web pages. Wikis are particularly valuable in online learning as they can help facilitate projects between members of a team who are not in close proximity or are in different time zones. For more on using wikis in online learning please see the wiki located here and watch the video, "Wikis in Plain English" located on our Must-See-Videos page.
What is a blog and when should I use it in my online teaching delivery?
Wikipedia says a blog (short for "Web log") is a type of Web site, typically authored and maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. There is a terrific and short blog entry that explains what blogs are and how and why to use them in education. You can also see the video, "Blogs in Plain English" located on our Must-See-Videos page.