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…)
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 ...
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…)
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…)