Here are some of my favorite time-saving tips. Please add to them!
1. Create a comprehensive syllabus.
- Utilize a "Week Zero," a module that explains to new students how to be an online student and use the learning management system (LMS).
- Direct students to tech support and the help desk as much as possible.
- Create a course “scavenger hunt.”
3. Make your course easy to navigate.
- Keep as much content as you can no more than two clicks away.
- Use a consistent format week-to-week or module-to-module.
- Do not work on your online course because you can; work on it because you have scheduled the time.
- Let the students know your schedule.
- Access your course consistently (e.g. three times a week) and respond to email promptly (with-in 48 hours).
- Take advantage of the time-release feature of announcements.
- Record and reuse lectures.
- Let the LMS handle as much of the grading as you can.
- Use the assignment feature of your LMS instead of e-mail.
- Have the students attach documents to a forum posting.
- Use a discussion forum for “Frequently Asked Questions.”
- Create a FAQ page.
- Ask students to ask questions in the forum rather than e-mail.
- Let the students do the work.
- Do not respond to every posting, respond to the group deliverable.
10. Allow students to facilitate online discussions.
11. Use a detailed grading rubric to help answer questions in advance.
12. Encourage student-student interaction and study groups.
- Give them the space to solve problems.