Things I Have Learned In My Online Course So Far

Cite Conference 2011

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  1. Provide a canvas and they'll create a masterpiece.
  2. If it's boring you, it's boring them.
  3. Online learning doesn’t have to take more time... give them a role
  4. Warm fuzzies go further
  5. Feedback is essential.
  6. “Guide on the side” is often perceived as being absent
  7. Brand yourself as a thought leader.
  8. Learn while they learn.
  9. High touch is just as important as high tech, if not more so.
  10. Don't under-estimate the power of fun, play, and the unexpected.
  11. Attitude is everything!
  12. Create assignments that encourage divergent thinking
  13. You can lead a student to material, but you can’t make them read.
  14. Do something unexpected to engage learners
  15. Preparation offline is still necessary.
  16. It takes a village to create a course.
  17. Recognize and understand  the demographics of your students.
  18. Give routine progress reports via email or announcements- what went well in the unit, etc.
  19. Students like a question of the week assignment to keep the discussion current and interesting.
  20. Be sure all instructions are clear and concise. What might be obvious to you is not necessarily be clear to your students.
  21. Having students critique the design of the course to make sure everything is clear.
  22. Syllabus Scavenger Hunt to make sure they understand course policies
  23. Provide. social atmosphere to the students so that they can connect and collaborate throughout the course.
  24. It's not all about you - let go of ideas and assignments that don't work
  25. Reread what you write for tone. Use netiquette.
  26. Provide access on multiple platforms
  27. Keep it simple
  28. Things take longer than you expect
  29. Motivate students to engage and interact with each other
  30. Don’t reinvent the wheel.
  31. Leave room for choice in assignments and projects - topic, team, individual/group, live meetings, etc.
  32. Students shouldn’t need a computer science degree to take utilize the technology to access the course

33. Allow students some control over their own learning by choosing what discussion they want to enter.

34. Put instructions in more than one place (especially schedules and timelines).

35. Make sure you add a short introduce yourself video clip so at least once they get to see you as the instructor.

36. Having an audition of your class so  students can see what the class is about and whether or not they really want to sign up.

37. Making sure you understand the technology you expect your students to use.

38. In regards to technology, be comfortable failing in front of your students.