In online teaching, simpler is usually better! Most online students start out feeling overwhelmed – perhaps as early as week one of your course. Usually, they’re juggling work, family, and a range of other commitments. As they already feel time-poor and harassed, they often see online learning as complicated and frustrating... (more…)
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I believe online teachers are real life superheroes. Of course we are. We impart new skills and knowledge. We change lives by offering our students a different future. In fact, we make the world a better place every day. And we don’t even need a cape or a sleek, shiny futuristic car to do it! (more…)
Twitter is a seriously overlooked professional tool for online teachers. It's so much more than a time-wasting distraction for teenagers. Use it the right way, and it becomes a career-boosting tool. Online teachers can increase their visibility, develop their networks, and get access to a whole world of teaching opportunities that are simply not available locally. So ...
An Easy Twitter Strategy for Online Teachers & Education Businesses... Twitter profiles are vitally important on this social media platform. Your profile is the first stop for all your potential new contacts. It’s effectively a decision-making tool. It helps people decide whether to follow you – or to engage with you at all. So Twitter profiles have to be worth ...
For the longest time, I could see no way to connect online teaching with Twitter. Twitter was like some annoying, large exotic bird. Oh, I could hear it squawking, alright. I could see it hopping around my backyard. But I was far too busy with my online teaching load to bother making friends with a wild blue bird... (more…)
Online teaching presents a unique professional challenge. You may interact with hundreds of students (and a handful of colleagues) every week. You may send dozens of emails, and return piles of carefully graded student work. But it’s very difficult to know whether your efforts are actually making a difference, isn’t it? (more…)
Inspiration for online teaching can appear in surprising places. Who says it should be confined to conferences or journal articles? When you teach online, the words of celebrated thinkers can offer plenty of food for thought. And Albert Einstein provides a perfect example... (more…)
This quick reference guide involves zero black magic. But many new students are convinced that referencing is the work of the devil. They take one look at all those rules about dates, commas, italics and brackets - and flip out. Right away, referencing starts getting weird. (more…)
In the middle of a busy day of online teaching, the calming sound of a trickling stream may be impossible to imagine. There’s no room for restful imagery today. Instead, you furiously multi-task between multiple student demands, administrative responsibilities, and a large pile of unmarked work waiting to be graded.... (more…)
When you teach online, you’re always looking for ways to make your job easier, and your students’ experiences more satisfying. Humor is an online teaching tool that can help you achieve both of those goals. But this tool is more powerful than it looks. It pays to think carefully about how you’ll use it... (more…)
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- July 23, 2016 on Effective Teaching Techniques for the Older Adult Learner