Dear UC Davis Faculty,
I recently attended the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators’ 2019 virtual conference. This conference covered a wide-range of topics including training faculty for online teaching, international and intercultural online literacy instruction, communicating with students online, and student expectations for online coursework. While a broad range of topics and institutions were represented, one important idea stood out across talks: online courses invite us to re-envision our pedagogy and this re-envisioning can translate into improvements in how we teach face-to-face courses.
Moving a course into an online format provides an opportunity for faculty to consider the content they wish students to master and ways to help students do so outside of a lecture setting. So what are some good strategies for teaching online? The article “Effective Teaching Online” from Inside Higher Ed provides helpful guidelines that encourage:
- collaboration among students
- a focus on active learning
- chunking of lessons
- the importance of instructor presence (with consideration for increased time demands on the instructor), and
- the integration of multimedia assignments.
Given this list, one can imagine ways in which faculty who transform a course to include some or all of the components described above may find these strategies successful and wish to apply these same strategies to their face-to-face courses. As such, faculty who are looking to re-envision entire courses or parts of courses may benefit from lessons learned from moving courses into online formats. Here are some resources, we in Academic Technology Services have compiled:
- Audio and video from the DOLCE on May 4th, 2018 where Jeanette Ruiz presented her talk “Moving Online: Some lessons learned.”
- Resources from SITT 2018 (includes audio and video of Jeanette Ruiz’s keynote “How I moved my course online and lived to tell the tale” and faculty microtalks)
- The Wheel’s Blogroll which includes some helpful websites focused on online education