If you're new to the domain of online class management, do not make the mistake of assuming that it's going to be smooth run for you to set up your online programs. Many traditionalists tend to complain about its deficiency in interactions and engagement, dawdling reactions from the class educator and a failure to connect to the community at large.
To begin with, research thoroughly on technology based solutions like the online class registration systems that may be available on the internet. Choosing a Cloud based one will make more sense as it does not require any download charges or subscription fees. It is essential that you streamline the administrative tasks related to online class management so that you may have the time to concentrate on the various course modules and program structures.
If you have all of these under control, concentrate on making your online classes engaging for your students. Here are a few tips that will help you with the process:
To make online education appealing you should make considerable modifications to your user interface. The initial screen shot is the most critical. It is familiar practice to have an attractive banner at the top of your course, followed by the syllabus, but this only squanders precious screen real estate. When students have to scroll down the page to look for information, they tend become disconnected.
Instructor Profile and Contact Information:
Since the “brick and mortar” classroom style set up in missing here, ensure that you have a complete profile along with the contact information of the instructor available to the student on logging into his account. In this student-led, cooperative learning format, and especially in the first few critical moments, a student should be aware of who the teacher is. Develop a instructor resume and put this in a block on the welcome page. You must include a photograph and email address without any exceptions.
Completing the student online profile should be your first task. Students need to know who they are learning with, since interactions in the form of discussions are going to be a vital part of the lesson plan. It might even be a smart idea to include a messaging block along with the participants block.
A calendar is essential to help the students plan and keep pace with assigned projects with a time frame mind. Additionally, integrate all of your due dates into the calendar function before you allow students into the program.
Learning Intentions and Potential:
Students should have made aware of what is expected of them, in terms of substance, excellence and demeanor. Add links to this information.
An Introductory Discussion:
Learners should immediately begin networking and intermingling with their fellow classmates to support a sense of community. The instructor should advance an exchange of ideas and a feeling of community development.