So -- I'm new to this -- today I will finish the grades for the on-line course.
BNCC has a really good educational design person who makes us do the work while he coaches us. So -- I don't have any problems getting technical help from him... but, what I do need is some teaching wisdom.
A few questions -- in no particular order...
- How do you see that "ah ha!!!" moment on-line? When we're with our students, we can see that they understand -- how do you do that on-line?
- How do you quickly assess discussion posts? We have the usual tool that shows how many they've read and written, but how do you assess quality?
- What are your best suggestions for writing effective reading quizzes?
- How involved are you in on-line discussions? Do you just skim them to make sure they're on the right track, or do you get involved in the discussions?
- How do you keep from making stupid set-up mistakes? Do you have any rituals before a course opens?
- What's the most clever thing you've done recently?
- How do you actually deliver the content you'd normally deliver in lecture/discussion? I think this, and the 'ah ha!!' moment are my two main questions. Right now I could stand up and deliver a basic lecture on any part of my ethics and logic courses. I can do a passable job at any part of my intro to philosophy courses and at most of my bioethics course. All this stuff is in my head -- how do I get it out of my head without having to formally type it all...
- Also -- what are the course caps for your on-line courses?