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Getting Started

You might think that we are going to dive right in to designing your course and crafting your new teaching practices for online classes.  We could…but it might make sense to first review some background information on teaching and learning online.  Oblinger and Hawkins (2006) noted that few faculty members have the pedagogical or technical expertise to just start teaching online.  So before we start assisting you in designing and building your online class, we want to look at the research which provides a foundation for online teaching.  This section will give you a good overview of what "online teaching and learning" are all about. 
Some key questions in this section:

  • What does research tell us about effective online teaching?
  • How has the evolving web impacted online teaching and learning?
  • How could you assess if you are ready to teach online (and and likewise, how could your students determine if they are ready to learn online)?

Getting Started - printable version

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