Category: Best Practices

5 Effective Ways to Communicate Expectations Online

Just like in a traditional classroom, a clear understanding of expectations is essential in a online student’s ability to excel in a course. Effective communication of these expectations is especially important because online students do not have face-to-face interaction with professors through which they can understand what they need to do.

Here are five ways to structure your online course so that expectations are made clear at the beginning and throughout the semester.

Top 10 Ways to Battle Procrastination

Students regularly fall prey to procrastination. Since most online learning is done entirely at home (or wherever else one chooses to work), it is especially important for e-learners to be prepared to tackle procrastination.
Here are 10 tips to beat procrastination:

Facilitating Rich Discussion Board Participation

Discussion Board Participation

On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Touro College held a webinar for online faculty and administration as part of a series of webinars for professional development of online faculty. On the webinar, Dr. Gail Bell-Baptiste, Chair of the NYSCAS Education Department, shared tips and tricks for facilitating rich discussion board participation.

Here is a list of discussion board tips mentioned on the webinar. Some of these tips were contributed by the faculty members participating in the webinar.

5 Ways to Avoid Common Videoconference Lecture Mistakes

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Are you teaching an online class and meeting with students via videoconference?

Interacting with students via videoconference is a great way to maintain a personal connection and make your online course engaging and interactive. Skype, Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Google Hangouts are all great options for hosting your videoconference, but keep in mind that videoconferences can be a disaster if you’re not prepared.

Here are 5 essential tips to keep in mind to avoid common videoconference lecture mistakes.

Get More Out of Google: Tips & Tricks for Online Research [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Do you spend hours researching for a topic, and feel like you’re getting no where?

You’re not alone. According to a recent study, 75% of students couldn’t perform a “well-executed search” on Google to find what they want.

Don’t despair – help is here! Check out this infographic to learn some neat tricks to help you research more quickly and more efficiently.

Learn about how to use operators, file types, and keyboard shortcuts to find what you need. Fast.