Start Your Course with a PUNCH!

Concurrent Session 10

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

One of the most important things about an online course is the beginning, or day 1. As an instructor, you want to set a great first impression and create a welcoming atmosphere for your learners. Join us as we look at how you can start your course with a PUNCH!

Presenters

My name is Jernaley Martin. Recently as a Senior Instructional Technology Consultant with Texas A&M University - College Station, TX, I provided technical support and training to faculty and staff wanting to integrate technology in their face-to-face, blended, and online courses. I also provided consultations on course design based on the Quality Matters Rubric and instructional design best practices, as well as accessible design of interactive learning modules and other course-related content.

Extended Abstract

As you're preparing to deliver an online course, don't forget to help learners get started. One of the most important things about an online course is the beginning, or day 1. As an instructor, you want to set a great first impression and create a welcoming atmosphere for your learners. Attend this session if:

  • You are already teaching an online course and want to gain new ideas and strategies
  • You are transitioning a face-to-face course online
  • You are revamping an existing online course
  • You are developing a new online course you're teaching for the first time

We'll go over how you can start your class with a PUNCH by:

P – Promoting Interest
U – Understanding Your Learners by Identifying Their Needs
N – Noting the Classroom Rules in Writing
C – Clarifying Expectations
H – Helping Everyone Get to Know Each Other

Participants will take part in 2 small group activities and a game show for prizes (fun "recap" activity at the end of the session). Based on large group discussions that may stem from the activities, participants will share their own experiences and recommendations for starting any course with a PUNCH! Participants will be provided with a PUNCH worksheet that will allow them to document ideas shared during the session (physical take-away).

Session Objectives:

  • Define the PUNCH acronym
  • Discuss the 5 PUNCH principles
  • Document strategies for implementing PUNCH