We bring our love for working collaboratively with students into the design of fully online courses. While teaching practice varies by discipline, here is some good advice to start with from our own faculty experts!

Kenneth Bray, C.C. Chapman, Sara Donaldson, and Leanna Lawter framed this set of best practices from their own scholarship of online pedagogy as well as their shared experience as teachers and learners online.

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Start with Learning Objectives

What do you want your students to learn?

Content, your pedagogical beliefs and your passion for the subject are central… as they would in-an in person course
It is essential that all activities in your course link back to your learning objectives. Any assignment that feels like “busy work” by a student will distract from their learning, so be sure that each thing you ask them to do links to a learning objective.

Once you have learning objectives….

Create Learning Modules

To help students compartmentalize and feel more successful, break down your course into distinct learning modules by essential question or by topic. For example, in each module, there might be an essential question, a lecture, a discussion topic, and a quiz/assignment. This builds uniformity into your course and familiarity in expectations for your students.

As you frame your course don’t forget…