Would you like to take your online teaching practice to the next level by improving how you teach and the strategies you use to teach your students?
Online teaching is not just about learning how to set up an online classroom and adding learning resources; it is a matter of how the class is taught and the manner of instruction used. To become an effective online instructor there must be thought given as to how the technological tools will be used, how to translate traditional communication into digital communication, and how to evolve from an instructor who stands in front of a class and directs the flow of conversations and interactions to someone who can facilitate and guide the learning process, while keeping students interested and engaged in the course.
Learning to teach online requires having an open mind and a willingness to learn, along with making an allowance for the time needed to implement new methods – while monitoring instructional effectiveness until excellence is achieved.
The purpose of this book is to provide you with strategies and resources that I have learned and implemented throughout my career, working as an online educator, faculty development specialist, Faculty Director, Faculty Manager, Dean, Faculty Development Manager, and Chief Academic Officer. For over ten years I have interviewed, hired, trained, mentored, and reviewed the performance of hundreds of online faculty members.
This book was written to provide you with a professional development opportunity. You can choose to read it from beginning to end, or you can choose a chapter to review at the start of each course you are assigned to teach. You may also find it useful to review specific topics of interest after you have conducted a self-assessment at the end of a class.
My hope is that you are inspired as an online educator to develop engaging instructional practices, connect with students in a meaningful manner, and perform your very best.
The following list provides the chapters that are within this book.
CHAPTER 1. BECOMING VISIBLE IN A VIRTUAL CLASS
CHAPTER 2. WORKING WITH ONLINE STUDENTS
CHAPTER 3. THE IMPACT OF STUDENT BELIEFS
CHAPTER 4. LEARNING IN A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT
CHAPTER 5. ONLINE CLASS DISCUSSIONS
CHAPTER 6. STUDENT-CENTERED STRATEGIES
CHAPTER 7. ONLINE TEACHING CHALLENGES
CHAPTER 8. ONLINE TEACHING BEST PRACTICES
CHAPTER 9. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
CHAPTER 10. EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE TEACHING
CHAPTER 11. WORKING AS AN ONLINE INSTRUCTOR
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