What I Wish I Knew...and What YOU Ought to Know About Teaching Online

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Brief Abstract

Find out what experienced online faculty identify as the top online course design, facilitation, and teaching strategies to improve the student experience, manage your online teaching expectations, and also stay sane in the online teaching world.  


Tina Rettler-Pagel is a Faculty member and Chief Online Learning Officer at Madison College, in Madison, Wisconsin. Tina holds a B.S in Education with an emphasis on Emotional Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently working on a Student Affairs Administration Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Tina has completed an Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Teaching Certificate, as well as participated in OLC’s Institute for Engaged Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) in 2017. Her research interests include retention and persistence in the online classroom, women in higher education leadership and governance, digital equity, and community college approaches to teaching and learning. When consulting with faculty, and in her own practice, Tina shares three important lessons: start small, engage at all costs, and never underestimate the power of kindness and inclusion in the classroom. Tina's hashtags? #Mom #Partner #CommunityCollegeProud #OnWisconsin #OnceABadgerAlwaysABadger #A11yAdvocate #OnlineTeaching #DoctoralStudent #Includer #Kindness #Connector #OnlineLearning #TechNerd #Resilience #StrongGirlsStrongWomen #Hockey #Fishing #AnythingSummer #JamMaker #Perseverance #SayYesToNewAdventures #ComeAsYouAre #CrossFit #FarmRaised #StartWhereYouAre #OldSchoolCookingAndBaking #ImpostorPhenomemon #Access #DoctoralCandidate
Dr. Hope Nordstrom, known as @DrHope4Tech, is the Director of Center for Teaching & Learning and Associate Professor of Education at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. As director, she provides administrative oversight and is directly involved in all Center programming in order to bolster faculty teaching and improve student success. Additionally, she assists faculty members in implementing best practices for online teaching and learning. Dr. Nordstrom most recently worked in the College of Professional Studies at Lipscomb University as the Director of Curriculum & Instruction and previously was the lead faculty for the Technology Integration master’s program in the College of Education. Dr. Nordstrom came to Lipscomb with 10 years of experience as a middle school language arts teacher. She has also earned an Advanced Online Teaching Certificate from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). Dr. Nordstrom has presented at the local, state, and national level on effective technology integration strategies, online learning, visual literacy, and personalized learning. When she isn’t being a digital diva, she is trying to plan her next trip to Disney!

Extended Abstract

What kinds of advice for new online faculty would we get if we asked for it on Twitter and Google+?  We asked. They responded.  And the insights are pretty incredible!

Join us as we review the key tips, tricks, and words of advice that experienced online faculty wish they knew when they started online teaching and what they think YOU ought to know as a new online teacher or from a faculty support perspective.  Some things on the list might surprise you!  We found the frankness and directness of the survey responses refreshing, such as this one:  “I wish I had known that it isn't beneficial to try to replicate a classroom online. I wish I had known that it would be perceived by various colleagues--chronically--as an easier way to teach--and that those doing it were somehow getting out of work--when, in fact, it's far more labor-intensive than the face-to-face class. I wish I had known that some academic leaders speak about it, set policy on it, and manage it when they know little about it. I wish I could have predicted how much I love it and what a staunch advocate of it that I've become."

This session offers some beneficial tips and tricks that novice and seasoned faculty alike may take away and easily apply to their online courses, including suggestions for common online teaching questions, such as...

  • How do online instructors overcome the challenges that online teaching presents?

  • How do faculty move seamlessly from a face to face format to an online format?

  • How do they effectively manage their online course load while effectively engaging their learners?

  • What are the best ways to get off to a good start as an online teacher?

  • What are the “non-negotiables” in online teaching?

By attending the session, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Identify course design, facilitation, and teaching strategies

  • Share their own tips, tricks, and words of advice

  • Consider solutions for common online teaching and learning issues identified in the survey

Participants will be actively engaged in this session by:

  • Contributing to a shared document of ideas, tips, and strategies

  • Participating in a “crowd-sourced” OLC-suggested online teaching “ought to know” list

  • Developing an action plan for effectively managing their online courses while effectively engaging their learners.