Online learning has been described as internet-based course(s) that occur synchronously (real-time) and/or asynchronously (not in real-time). During online courses, students and faculty engage in learning through the use of technology, e.g., Blackboard. Benefits of online learning include convenience (24/7 access), flexibility, student-centered learning, and expansion of the curriculum to global resources.
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Create a discussion forum as a parking lot for course information and frequently asked questions. Within this discussion forum, allow students to ask questions.
Organize course modules based on concepts, topics, or weeks. Course structure and navigation should be consistent, clear, and simple. Use the “student view” in Blackboard to navigate your course as a student to identify issues.
During online lectures or readings, provide students with guided notes to keep them focused and organized.
A major challenge when teaching online is the disconnect and isolation that students face. One-way faculty can overcome this challenge is to create a community where students feel welcomed and supported. At the beginning of the course, ask students to share with you the challenges they are facing outside of the classroom.