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Strategies and Tips for Successful Online Teaching

Strategies and Tips for Successful Online Teaching

In this six-part series, SAGE author and education expert Dr. Linda Dale Bloomberg shares strategies and tips for successful online teaching. She covers multimodal strategies for synchronous and asynchronous delivery of content, shows how to engage students who may feel isolated or who may be struggling, discusses how to adopt an accessible and equitable instructional approach, and offers a handout that instructors can give to students on the first day of class with tips for student success in the online environment.


Part 1: 10 Tips for Transitioning to Teaching Online

All students are capable of succeeding in online courses, but the way courses are designed and taught matters. The variability in instructor agility explains why some students love online learning, and others desperately want to return to the traditional classroom. Although the recent widespread transition to online teaching is unfamiliar for many, some of the key skills and techniques can be learned and mastered to meet the current and urgent challenge. Since you are in the business of teaching and learning, you have an advantage. Here are the top 10 tips to get you started and prepare yourself and your students for success...more.

Part 2: Being an Effective Online Instructor

While holding the promise of expanding the time and location boundaries of traditional education, online learning gives rise to new constraints, and raises questions about exclusion, isolation, and detachment that are potential barriers to learning. Your students want to see you and connect with you as a human being. Effective online instructors have a direct and important role in influencing the student experience, making sure to facilitate resilience and perseverance. Consider implementing the following top 10 tips to drive ongoing engagement and learning...more.

Part 3: Employing Multimodal Strategies in Online Teaching

Online education can take a wide variety of shapes and forms, including technology platforms (learning management systems, social media platforms), media modality (text, imagery, videos, audios, etc.), instructional approaches (direct instruction, inquiry-based, flipped classroom etc.), student arrangement (individual, small groups, larger groups), and temporal arrangements (asynchronous and synchronous tools). The challenge is how to craft the experience for your diverse students, thereby engaging them in authentic learning experiences within this often unfamiliar, virtual environment. The following strategies explore the use and application of asynchronous and synchronous tools...more.

Part 4: Identifying and Supporting Struggling Students in Online Courses

Without set hours and routines, online learners may feel isolated and unmotivated to meet course requirements. Additionally, increasing numbers of students struggle with language needs and disabilities, lack of access to technology, and unfamiliarity with technological requirements. Consider implementing the following top 10 tips to identify, prepare, and support struggling students in an effort to set them up for success and provide an optimal learning experience...more.

Part 5: Making Online Learning Accessible 

Equal access to education is mandated by law, and is grounded in the hope that all students will have equal access to course content. This includes a need to address proper accommodations for those with learning disabilities. It is imperative to comply with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended in 1998, so that learners with disabilities have “equal access” to online course content. Many instructors may move traditional classes into the digital format without any redesign, failing to take into consideration students with disabilities or the unique opportunities available to implement inclusive teaching strategies. Following are 10 tips to ensure a focus on access and equity...more.

Part 6: 10 Tips for Setting Yourself Up For Success In Your Online Class  

Share with your students! In many ways, learning online, this “new normal”, reverses traditional teacher/student roles, and places different demands on you as a student. Suddenly, you are responsible for planning, organizing, and directing your own learning. In addition, you must now also learn to manage the complex mixture of the learning management system (LMS), courseware, other course materials, your internet access, and your own electronic devices (computer, tablet, phone etc). This is a tall order! The fundamental nature of the student experience shifts to a greater reliance on your own inner resources to keep going. Let’s look at the top 10 tips to help you stay motivated, on-task, and successful....more.