Northern College is proud to host state-of-the-art video conferencing systems! With four campuses and large geographic expanses between each, we often use technology to connect, meet and even teach classes. Many program courses are facilitated by videoconferencing and e-classroom solutions. This means that professors can be in one location and students can be in many others. The benefit of course is increased flexibility for both students and teachers, as well as access to educational opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable. If you have been assigned a class that will be taught by distance you will want to find out which mode of delivery you will be using. You may be teaching using the college’s videoconferencing classrooms, or via Contact North’s Centra e-classroom technology. Your coordinator or supervisor will be able to help you here.
With nearly 7 million students taking at least one online course, understanding best practices for teaching online is critical! For some of you, you may be moving from in-class to on-line for the very first time. We are here to help! There are many myths about teaching online. One of them being that you merely have to take your in-class content and copy it online. This is definitely a myth! We call this “shovelware” which means that one “shovels” the content from one platform to another which in your case would be taking all of your course notes and content, picking it up with a shovel, and “plopping” it into the online environment. A traditional in-class course cannot be “copied and pasted”. The goal is of creating an online course is to make it engaging for both you and your students.
Ten things I’ve learned about teaching online (Faculty Focus)
Developing Engaging Content
ECAR Research Bulletin – Enriching Student Experience Through Blended Learning
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Learning Technology Center – Hybrid Courses