Our award-winning online faculty and instructional designers have compiled this quick guide to help you get started in digital learning. Explore topics ranging from how to design a course to digital literary, among other important skills.
There are several important skills that can help you create a successful online course.
The first is a fundamental knowledge of Instructional Design.
Effective instructional design is important for teaching no matter the modality of the course,
but it’s especially important to recognize how designing an online course
may differ from delivering the same content in a face-to-face course.
Another important skill is knowing how to motivate and inspire communication and collaboration among
your students. A successful online course depends a great deal on getting your students to feel
comfortable enough to communicate, engage in discussions, and collaborate with each other.
Online courses require different time management skills for meeting with students than face to face
courses. Setting parameters for your availability is crucial so that you can be present for your
students as well as protect your personal time. Be clear when students can expect to speak to
you synchronously or receive a response asynchronously to avoid any confusion.
Having strong organizational skills can make it easier for your students to navigate
and get the most out of your online course. A well-organized course will
also help you monitor your students’ progress. Strong communication skills are essential for
online courses. Building trust and a good rapport with your students requires clear
writing and a good sense of how communicating online is different than talking face-to-face.
While you don’t need to be an IT expert in order to teach online,
it’s important to have a certain level of digital literacy. Teaching online requires
the technical skills to build content for your course, upload and download files,
incorporate available internet resources, monitor student progress, and communicate online.
You may also need to help students troubleshoot any issues they may have
or direct them to find the help they need. Strengthening these skills will help you to
create a positive online culture that both you and students will appreciate. When teaching online,
the more skills you have available to use, the more successful your course will be.
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