Online Teaching Tips and Articles

Building Collaborative Dialogue in Online Courses


Lately, I've been reading through a series of journal articles on the topic of creating better online learning conversations. My favorite from the last few weeks was written by Dr. Sarah Haavind, a…

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Protocols = Better Online Discussions


Can you imagine facilitating an online discussion in a class of more than 400 undergraduate students? A business course at the University of Central Florida proved that it could be done. What made it…

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7 Elements of Effective Learning Teams


Collaborative learning, groupwork, learning teams--whatever you want to call it--has one major problem: it just doesn't work out-of-the-box. However, I find that most educators expect collaborative…

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Online Teaching Tip #29 – Why the First Weeks of Your Course are So Critical


Why the First Weeks of the Semester are so Critical Here's a quick way to get a picture of student participation in your class: 1. Click on your participants list in your course site. 2. Then…

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Online Teaching Tip #28 – Calendar Your Baseline Participation


How Much Should I Participate? One of the first questions I get from those who are new to teaching online goes something like this, "How much time should I be spending in the online classroom?" It's…

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Online Teaching Tip #27 – Dealing with the Disconnect in the Online Classroom


The Disconnect Because we don't see or hear our students in the online classroom, we can begin to forget that they exist. Or, at least, we feel less connected to them. This is one of the challenges…

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