Quick Tips: Best Practices for Teaching Remotely
- Videos are recommended to be less than 6~7 minutes.
- If you use PowerPoint slides to record videos, limit bullet points to only the essential ideas, and narrate the slides.
- Pair each video with some activities to encourage active learning (e.g., quizzes, online discussions).
Resources: Classrooms without walls, creating video instruction at EIU
- Prepare discussion posts that invite responses, questions, discussions, and reflections.
- Specifically tell students what they need to include in their post.
- Encourage questions, discussions, and reflections in student replies rather than “I agree.”
- It is recommended to require students to reply to at least 2 posts to encourage interactions.
- Do not respond to every discussion post as an instructor, but encourage student interactions.
Student engagement and retention:
- Establish teaching presence early and often:
- Help students dive straight into the content by providing them with:
- Detailed syllabus.
- Due dates and schedule.
- Clear assignment directions.
- Provide meaningful and prompt feedback. Avoid feedback such as “That’s right-way to go.”
- Establish a supportive online learning community:
- Embrace student mistakes, and establish a safe learning environment where students can freely express their ideas.
- Emphasize community by using messages such as “We’re all in this together.” “Your success and learning are my success and learning.”
- Ensure students are not isolated:
- Provide students with opportunities to interact with peers, such as through discussion and group work.
- Encourage experience sharing in their assignments and online discussions.
- Allow some level of social interactions.
- Constantly check student progress in D2L (How to track student progress in D2L.), and reach out to students who are “no shows” or “low scores.”
Parse your time:
- Provide occasional summary feedback of student performance, instead of constant individual feedback.
- Do not be available 24/7, but pick and choose when (and where) you insert your voice..
- Tell students how soon they can expect your feedback or your response to their emails (usually 24-48 hours).