Best Practices for Teaching Online Transfer to Face-to-Face Courses

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:

Best,

Alex

Post Author: Alexandria Rockey

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