Center for Online Learning
Georgia Southern University

Checklist for Teaching Online

Setting Up Your Course

Students are generally enrolled in your course approximately one-week prior to the start date; however, the course is not visible until you activate it. Prior to activation, it is good practice to double check the content and the settings.

  • Copy your development course–or your course from a previous semester–into the current course.
  • Check dates and settings on quizzes, dropboxes, and discussion areas.
  • Check that all graded assessments are linked to gradebook columns.
  • Check for broken links to documents as well as video files embedded within your course pages.
  • Be sure your syllabus is up-to-date, and that the course schedule is aligned with the sequence of events in your course modules.
  • Make a back-up copy of the course and save it to your computer.
  • Activate the course one week before official start date of class if possible.
  • Email students directly and remind them of the start date, first-week requirements, and how to access the course online.

First Week of Class

The first week of class is typically not used for instruction because students need to become acclimated to the course structure, learn to use technologies, purchase textbooks and supplies, and deal with the drop/add issues.

  • Instructor provides an announcement (News tool or a short video) on the home page to help the students understand how to get started. Students log in, read through Course Orientation Module, and introduce themselves.
  • Students practice using the quiz, assignment (dropbox), or other tools.
  • Students drop/add, get past technical problems, obtain text books, etc.
  • Instructor maintains a “presence” and responds to introductions, monitors and responds to emails and discussions for potential problems; timely feedback is essential.
  • Instructor verifies attendance at end of first week.

Second Week of Class

For each module, it is good practice to follow a specific routine in order to maintain communication with the students and to provide prompt feedback.

  • Instructor makes an announcement (News tool or short video) to give the students a heads-up about the upcoming week: What they need to do, due date reminders, reminder to stay on task, etc.
  • Instructor monitors and responds to emails and discussions for potential problems; timely feedback is essential.
  • Instructor monitors and facilitates graded discussion activity daily.
  • Instructor provides timely grading on class activities.
  • Instructor wraps up the weekly activities in a discussion post (or News tool) or in a short audio/video announcement.
  • Instructor reviews learning module feedback on a daily basis.
  • Instructor makes notes of problems and complaints as they occur and makes corrections immediately when necessary. Instructors should keep a diary for future iterations of the class.

Succeeding Weeks

For each module, it is good practice to follow a specific routine in order to maintain communication with the students and to provide prompt feedback.

  • Students should be a little better acclimated to the “rhythm” and expectations of the course.
  • Instructor should continue to provide a “teacher presence” as suggested in the second week above.

 

Last updated: 11/14/2016

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