How common are refrains about computer glitches causing delays? Pretty common. Unfortunately, even a small malfunction can mess up an aspect of an online course.
That is why it is important to have a plan.
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.
Multiple-choice questions can often be confusing to students, leaving them scratching their heads, wondering what the professor intended to ask.
In online courses, misleading or ambiguous questions can be particularly frustrating, since professors are not standing by to answer questions while students take the test.
How can professors write multiple-choice questions that will be easy for students to understand?
Follow these 15 Do’s and Don’ts while writing your multiple-choice quizzes to ensure that your tests are effective, straightforward, and leave no room for confusion.
This well-developed presentation outlines 6 characteristics of effective online courses: access to technology, clear guidelines and procedures, participation, collaborative learning, transformative learning, assessment and evaluation. Six Characteristics of Effective Online Courses by Christopher T. Davis, Ph.D.