Take your teaching online
Take your teaching online

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Take your teaching online


In this week you have looked at the core theories and principles that underpin good quality online teaching. You have also started to look at the digital technologies involved in online teaching and the use of learning objects – both of these will be revisited in much more detail later in the course. In fact, next week’s material is all about the technologies that you can use to deliver your online teaching.

Finally for this week, let’s see how Rita’s getting along.

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This was interesting. I can see now how my existing knowledge of teaching theories fits into what I want to do online, and I can also understand which technologies I will need to use.
My institution has a learning management system, so I can use that to host the resources I want to use in my teaching online.
I already use PowerPoint presentations and web-based resources to teach this subject in the classroom, so I should be able to reuse some of those in the online setting. But I will need to turn around some of my lessons if I want to use the ‘flipped classroom’ technique.
I can already see that some of my lessons can become good learning objects, and this would allow the learners to interact with them on their own or in groups. I think the more I can develop the teaching resources to stand alone, with good quality instructions, the more successful this is likely to be. Of course, there are differences when I’m not available to offer help immediately as I am in the classroom.
I will need to be prepared to also create some new learning objects, to fill the gaps where I currently use classroom-based activities.
I’ve had a quick look ahead, and in the next two weeks of this course we’ll learn more about choosing technologies, and think about online networks as a source of help and inspiration. So that will help guide me.
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