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a variety of instructional modalities so that students can take courses in the formats that work best for them. No matter what course modality you teach in, it is important to be intentional about how you structure your course, from the learning outcomes that students will master, to the assignments they will complete, to the ways that students will interact with one another and with you.
This page provides a variety of resources and guides to help you expand your online teaching skill set and improve the design of your online courses. This page covers the following:
At DePaul, supporting great teaching and creating transformative learning experiences are top priorities. This is just as true for online teaching as it is for teaching in a physical classroom. The suggestions on this page will help you create a rich experience for your students, including a high degree of personal engagement.
Refer to these resources first.
It’s all too easy for students to feel disconnected from one another and their instructors in online environments. This can be particularly true in asynchronous classes where students and instructors do not see and hear from one another at the same time.
Watch a 40-minute webinar on Staying Connected with Your Asynchronous Students
Research has shown that higher degrees of social presence are positively correlated with higher degrees of perceived learning and satisfaction. We also know from our own students that social presence is particularly important in their online learning experiences. In a survey completed by 1,586 DePaul undergraduate students in spring 2020, many students mentioned that their online learning experiences lacked the sense of connection, routine, and structure that they often rely on in face-to-face learning. The following list provides practical strategies to address these concerns:
There are a number of ways to move your lectures and discussions online.
There are multiple ways to record video lectures, demonstrations, quick updates, etc. that students can watch on their own.
Threaded class discussions allow students to address you and one another asynchronously.
Zoom is a videoconferencing application that supports real-time interaction, screen sharing, and more.
While tools like Zoom can be useful for building community and replicating certain face-to-face experiences, over reliance on videoconferencing can negate some of the flexibility of online learning that is vital for students who work, care for family, or have other commitments. To consider how you might strike the right balance in your course design, review the resources below.
Learn how to create quizzes, collect assignments and give students feedback in D2L.
Learn how to use D2L's gradebook.