INTRO: It takes about 3 semesters to get used to teaching online.
-- 1st Semester- gulp!
-- 2nd Semester- get rhythm and fix things that didn't work
-- 3rd Semester- OK!
Before getting down to business, we viewed a fun video "Can't Help Teaching Online.wmv"
- Set aside time to do research each week.
- Consider setting up a ning.com outside your course management system as a "backup" to meeting space.
- Make students responsible for backing up all their own work.
- Set up your e-mail that automatically sends a "receipt" for student work.
- Add your voice. Use audacity.com or camptasia (allows screen capture and voice over at the same time)
- Note that MOST students do not print out info from online. Often they read from a smartphone.. So, when putting information online, use 60 characters across, background buff (not white). Also fonts for online should be san serif, verdana, or helvetica.
- Add your own photo and other, somewhat related photos.
- Each new week, make announcements. Provide regular, effective contact.
- Welcome each student the first week
- Read and Grade as you go. (don't spend time going back and re-reading)
- Use CCCConfer (uses Elluminate webconferencing platform). Now you can save what you do as a webcast as mpeg file. This is ideal for tutoring or Office hours. If you use it during the week, CCCConfer will caption it for you.
- More tools. Jing.com is a free screen capture tool and can capture video too! Download JINGPROJECT.com. You can annotate images and do voice-overs. Episelen.com. Create an ePortfolio if you have an .edu address it is free.