Online Teaching Basics
The Basics of Teaching Online
There are many myths about what online teaching is and what it isn’t. Some people think that those who teach online design a class load everything into a learning management system (like OnCourse), then the class teaches itself and the instructor simply grades the work. That is definitely not a quality online course.
At IUN, most faculty members who teach online design their own courses. Some instructors have gone through training, and some have not. It is our goal, however, to make sure everyone who teaches online has the same basic knowledge about how to design an excellent course and how to deliver that course instruction in quality ways.
Designing an online course
An online course should be fully designed before the class begins. What that means is that every single week should be labeled, and all of the content needed should be loaded into OnCourse. Students should have work to do online every single week, and interaction should be built in and required each week. Students read content within OnCourse and interact with each other and the instructor through Forums and, sometimes, the Chat Room.