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Teach Online With Confidence

Helping Educators Engage More Online Students with Less Stress through Simple Strategies

Dr. Bethanie Hansen 

Teaching Excellence Strategist

#11: Adjusting to Online Best Practices

#11: Adjusting to Online Best Practices

After quickly moving face to face classes online earlier this year, it may be a learning curve, adjusting to online best practices.

Just as there are many teaching standards and models well-known in face to face teaching, online education has a standard of excellence.

In a crunch, a face to face class might have moved online with just a few tools. For example, professors might have communicated through e-mail. Lecture courses might have continued with live sessions, hosted through video tools like Zoom.

But, now that educators look toward the fall’s online classes, there is time to learn online teaching approaches and practices that ensure a more complete online learning experience.

What are Online Best Practices?

Best practices are a set of guidelines, approaches, and standards known to work well. Just like live teaching has traditions and strategies that are effective, online teaching has its own set.

Some of these practices include presence, responsiveness, clarity, communication, norms, and feedback. When you take the time to communicate well with your students, they will grow to trust you. In this way, you will build relationships and establish a sense of community. Your presence and communication are two of many important practices online. Additionally, grading students’ assignments and providing specific feedback will help them continue to learn and make progress in the class.

You’ll learn about these tips and more, while we discuss some of the best practices in online education through today’s podcast.

For additional study and resources, visit these sources, which served as references in the podcast:

#10: What Your Personality Means for Your Online Teaching

#10: What Your Personality Means for Your Online Teaching

Have you ever wondered what your personality means for your online teaching? We all have unique personalities, and yours may influence how you approach online work, grading, and engagement.

In this episode, you will learn about how your personality influences your online teaching satisfaction. You’ll also learn about areas to consider to increase your satisfaction while teaching online, and skills to develop a well-rounded approach.

#9: A Strategy for Grading Essays in Microsoft Word Efficiently

#9: A Strategy for Grading Essays in Microsoft Word Efficiently

Where can I find a strategy for grading essays in Microsoft Word efficiently?

If this is your question, you’ve come to the right place! Using Microsoft Word for grading is easy with several specific tools, all built into the software. Enjoy the latest podcast for suggestions, tips, and strategies for using Microsoft Word to grade essays.

Autotext is an excellent tool for inserting chunks of feedback you might regularly use. Furthermore, in the Autotext feature, you can add entire rubrics and insert them on the document you’re grading with only one click.

Two images are included here. These images illustrate the process for using Autotext as a grading tool. And for more details, visit Teaching Music Appreciation Online, chapter 12.

 

Autocorrect is another great tool for inserting paragraphs of frequently used commentary by typing a few letters.

For more tips, listen to the podcast.

#8: Manage Energy and Stress while Teaching Online

#8: Manage Energy and Stress while Teaching Online

How do I manage my energy and stress while teaching online? I’ve heard this question from many people. And, it’s normal for online teaching to become demanding on one’s time and energy. Stress increases unless we find balance and set limits.

In today’s podcast, you’ll learn about managing your energy, not your time. And when you’re experiencing high stress levels, you’ll love these tips to manage your stress!

For additional learning about The Science of Stress, in a special Time edition, please click on the link provided here: Special TIME Edition, The Science of Stress: Manage It. Avoid It. Put It to Use.