50 tips to develop and run your online courses

22. Accommodate diverse learning styles by providing a variety of materials, media, and assignments that allow students to construct knowledge through personal choice.

23. Offer an online checklist to help keep students on task and on schedule, but don’t get too carried away with this feature so that each task is dependent upon another, which can easily frustrate students who may like to explore all content course direction before responding.

24. Display all due dates using an interactive, online calendar display option.

25. Create lessons to encourage students’ critical analysis and problem solving skills.

26. Let students adapt projects and problem solutions to include development of project content that is personally relevant and meaningful to them.

27. Allow students to contribute to information resources beyond the classroom whenever possible.

28. Create lessons that encourage collaborative work.

29. Encourage blogging during specific class/course timeframes.

30. Provide experiences for students to collaborate with content experts outside the classroom as well as with one another during projects though Skype or other tools.

31. Typically, allow students freedom to choose whether to work on projects individually or as a group, based on their preference, although at some point during the course it may be advantageous to require students to work together on small group projects to assess teamwork capabilities.

32. When using the small group project strategy, provide groups with a private discussion forum for work on their project, or allow them to choose their own (like Google Docs). If appropriate, provide guidelines for specific roles for each group member, a lowing groups to organize themselves, and promote collaborative learning.

33. Assign more weight to projects as opposed to tests. This will allow you to witness students’ application of key concepts and may help boost their overall grade.

34. Create short (less than 20 questions) online quizzes or surveys for student assessment and evaluation of key concepts.

35. Use a variety of quiz question formats (true false, multiple choice, open-ended, etc).

36. If an emergency arises and your student notifies you promptly, be flexible with assignment due dates.

37. Share interesting content-related news articles with your students as you discover them, to keep a cutting-edge slant.

38. Provide rapid and positive responses to student questions and requests for help through personal email and post for all students if helpful to all.

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