Workload Management for Online Educators
July 17, 2009
Practitioner Document – ABSTRACT
This Practitioner Document compiles key points for instructors and students. Instructor topics include: instructor goals & issues, what works for instructors, assumptions that could be preventing instructors from moving ahead, and grading. Student topics include: student issues, tips for students from students, managing student expectations, student support and technology tips. Each section includes a bulleted list of important “take-aways” from the sessions. Full documents are available for paid Sloan-C members.
What Works for Instructors (sample):
- Multiple calendars
- Strategic discussion forum strategies: be visible, stay focused, give specific feedback, use Socratic method of inquiry, communicate high expectations, be flexible, fair, positive, and lead by example
- Read through 10 papers before grading the first one to find out commonalities
- Mastering the nuances of your LMS, e.g. Blackboard has a pulldown menu
Assumptions that Could Prevent Instructors from Moving Ahead (sample):
- Grading: wanting to empower students to take on this responsibility
- New technology: if I use new technology, it pressures other faculty to ‘follow’
Student Tips for Other Students (sample):
- Dig for more information when responding to DQs
- The syllabus is your bible — follow it!
Technology Tips (sample):
- Using laptop/desktop at the same time while grading (and/or two monitors)
- Repeat comments: http://www.shortkeys.com/download.htm, www.waveget.com
With acknowledgements to the participants of the Sloan-C workshop Workload Management for Online Instructors, July 2009 for their contributions to the discussions that formed the basis for this Practitioner Document – Thank you.
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