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Eight Tips for Successfully Transforming a Course for Online Delivery

Excerpt from Lessons from the Virtual Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching, Second Edition by Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt

  1. Develop as comprehensive a picture as possible of the students who will be enrolling in the class
  2. Begin with the end in mind by developing learning objectives first
  3. Determine the best fit between the course and the degree to which technology and online delivery will be used
  4. Develop a good set of initial guidelines to create a container in which all participants can interact
  5. Include collaborative learning assignments, the ability for students to interact on a personal level, and other means for developing a learning community
  6. Give as much control of the learning process as possible to the learners themselves. Be creative in developing means by which content can be delivered without the use of lectures
  7. Provide clear expectations for performance in the course, including how assignments will be evaluated, the degree to which participation will be evaluated, how attendance will be taken, and how overall evaluation of student performance will be conducted
  8. Use rubrics to clearly communicate learning objectives and grading criteria for each learning activity in the course and incorporate them into student assessments


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