While preparing classes for this semester three things can help make things a little smoother. PLAN. BUILD. COMMUNICATE.
Guiding principle: Plan with students and the end in mind.
- What are the overarching learning goals for the course? What are the smaller week-to-week objectives?
- How will the course align assessments, learning goals, and learning activities like discussion, and lecture?
- What materials are necessary to facilitate knowledge of the content that extends beyond a surface-level understanding?
- What would be the optimal organization of those resources? In what order should students experience them? How should they be grouped?
- How should the information be presented? What could happen in live class sessions? What could happen “on demand” or asynchronously?
- How will the course promote community among students and the instructor throughout the term?
BuildGuiding Principle: An online course should provide students with the four essentials below.
- A clearly defined organizational structure
- Streamlined instructional delivery
- Participation and measurement of learning
- Community and support
- Is the amount of content appropriate to my target workload?
- Do the assessments and materials accomplish the intended learning objectives?
- Is this content relevant to my students' diverse interests, abilities, goals, and experiences?
- How will I organize and present the materials in a clear, meaningful way?
- Have I included opportunities for student agency?
Guiding principle: Make the implicit, explicit.
- What are my expectations for class norms, assignments, communication?
- How could students use office hours and when are they?
- Where can students get support and assistance through Bowdoin programs and services?