Online teaching may require us to reconsider some of the ways we engage with students compared to our face-to-face experiences. The following resources will help you get started in planning effective teaching interactions with your students online.
Getting Started Teaching Online
Successful online teaching requires deliberate planning ahead to create an effective, engaging and equitable educational experience for your students.
- Tufts’ Canvas Course Design Tutorial for Online Teaching (CELT & ETS)
- Organizing Your Online Course (ACUE’s Online Teaching Toolkit)
- Effectively Teaching and Supporting Remote Learners (Teaching@Tufts Blog)
Asynchronous teaching engages all students on their own timeline, which is critical for those encountering technical or personal challenges. In asynchronous teaching, being present regularly through frequent communication is essential to maintaining student motivation and engagement.
- Maintaining connections with your students while teaching remotely (Teaching@Tufts Blog)
- Getting in touch with your students via Canvas (ETS)
- Best Practices for Facilitating Online Discussion Forums (ETS)
- Getting Started in Designing Videos for your class (Michael Wesch for ACUE’s Effective Online Teaching Practices program)
Hosting Synchronous Sessions
Synchronous sessions are a valuable for building connections between students and faculty. When executed effectively, they provide a platform for live interaction with quick feedback. As it can be challenging for some students to be present, it is important to limit these sessions and provide alternative avenues of access to materials.
- Preparing for Your First Day of Remote Teaching (Teaching@Tufts Blog)
- Ways to Engage Students when Teaching Remotely with Zoom (Teaching@Tufts Blog)
- User Guide: Quick Start with Zoom (ETS)
- Holding Virtual Office Hours (Teaching@Tufts Blog)
Keeping Students Engaged & Motivated
Frequent opportunities for engagement and interaction are necessary in online courses to retain students throughout the course. This includes providing small signposts and opportunities for feedback as students complete assignments and course activity.
- Engaging Students and Eliciting Interaction While Teaching Remotely (Teaching@Tufts Blog)
- Fostering Inclusion and Equity in Remote Teaching (Teaching@Tufts Blog)
- Working with Teaching and Learning Assistants Remotely (Teaching@Tufts Blog)
- Switching classroom experience to remote activities (Peralta Community College)
Tools to Help You Teach Online Courses
- Class Discussions at a Distance (ETS)
- Tools for Teaching (ETS)
- Tufts Library’s Remote Resources for Faculty and Students (Teaching@Tufts Blog)