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.
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