10 Tips to Support Students in a Stressful Shift to Online Learning
By Kelly Field MARCH 30, 2020
- Survey students about tools and platforms.
- Co-construct your class.
- Favor asynchronous approaches.
- Go low-tech and mobile-friendly.
- Share your story.
- Offer support and resources.
- Create opportunities for students to process the moment.
- Don’t forget about students with disabilities.
- Assign self-care, and model it.
Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning
José Antonio Bowen, president, Goucher College
Technology is changing higher education, but the greatest value of a physical university will remain its face-to-face (naked) interaction between faculty and students. Technology has fundamentally changed our relationship to knowledge and this increases the value of critical thinking, but we need to redesign our courses to deliver this value. The most important benefits to using technology occur outside of the classroom. New technology can increase student preparation and engagement between classes and create more time for the in-class dialogue that makes the campus experience worth the extra money it will always cost to deliver. Students already use online content, but need better ways to interact with material before every class. By using online quizzes and games, rethinking our assignments and course design, we can create more class time for the activities and interactions that most spark the critical thinking and change of mental models we seek.
more on online teaching in this IMS blog
Study: Online Students Want Interaction, Community
By Rhea Kelly 06/21/17
a new report from Learning House and Aslanian Market Research. For the sixth annual “Online College Students 2017: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences” report, researchers polled 1,500 students who are “seriously considering, currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from a fully online program”
a number of recommendations for helping online programs attract students, including:
- Cater to students’ career goals. “Since online students are so career focused, understanding which programs will best educate students for the job market is critical to online program success,” the researchers noted;
- Make sure admissions offices provide fast responses to online students, as well as upfront figures on financial aid and transfer credits; and
- Adapt online access to accommodate mobile technology.
more on online students in this IMS blog