Be active with a strong presence.

  • Be present and available from the beginning
  • Schedule time to be online
  • Commit to a reasonable response time

Blackboard Tools: Announcements, Discussions, Email, Collaborate
Other Tools: Zoom

Build community.

  • Student – content interactions
  • Instructor – student interactions
  • Student – student interactions

Blackboard Tools: Announcements, Discussions, Collaborate
Other Tools: Zoom, Flip

Communicate consistently, clearly and often.

  • Keep a regular schedule
  • Establish expectations

Blackboard Tools: Announcements, Rubrics, Email, Discussions

Monitor user progress.

  • Use low stakes activities
  • Watch for online cues (regularly logging on, participation, completed work)

Tools: Rubrics, Statistics, Grades

 Use multiple methods to assess learning.

  • Use formative assessments to check learning
  • Use informal and formal assessments

Tools: Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes

Provide amplified assistance/feedback.

  • Provide regular feedback
  • Guide learning
  • Monitor & encourage

Blackboard Tools: Audio & Video Feedback, Release Conditions, Email, Grades Comments, Self-Assessments

Keep students engaged.

  • Use a variety of teaching strategies
  • Provide examples
  • Use multimedia (visuals, audio, video, simulations)
  • Incorporate active learning
  • Balance content and participation

Blackboard Tools: Content, Discussions, Groups, Assignments, Quizzes

Create shortcuts.

  • Log common feedback responses
  • Automate grading and feedback where possible

Blackboard Tools: Self-Assessments, Quizzes

Get feedback from students.

  • Provide opportunities for feedback during and at the end of the course

Blackboard Tools: Surveys, Polls

Keep a journal.

  • Track what is working well
  • Note challenges, errors, and time management
  • Identify what changes you will make next time