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10 Rules for Using Web Conferencing Tools for Instruction

Marybeth Koon—Sometimes the most efficient way of addressing the needs of students in an asynchronous online course is to hold a synchronous session. While web conferencing with a tool such as Adobe Connect offers the immediacy of a face-to-face classroom experience, these sessions require careful planning.

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How can I inspire students to enroll in my course?

Rebecca Johnson—You’ve just spent a semester building an online course or preparing for a face-to-face course. After all of your hard work, you sit back and wait to see whether students will enroll. Whether they actually do so is largely beyond your control, but here are a few things to consider.

Engaging the Potential Student

Much of the same advice you’d get about how to engage students in your current class applies to writing a good course description to attract potential students.

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Strategies for Promoting Academic Integrity: myCourses Exams

Joe Zelazny—While cheating is not exclusive to online courses, the online environment presents some unique challenges to promoting academic integrity. Tools and settings within myCourses can help you make your exams more secure.

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Instructional Design: We're Trending!

Neil Hair—If you’re an instructor and you’ve not yet made time to visit Innovative Learning Institute’s Teaching and Learning Services in the Wallace Building, read this recent trends report, “Instructional Design: Demand Grows for a New Breed of Academic” from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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10 Tips for Success from New Online Teachers

Jeremiah Parry-Hill—During the spring semester, RIT’s Teaching and Learning Services hosted a series of workshops for faculty new to developing online courses. After each faculty member taught their newly designed course for the first time, we asked them to write a reflection on how the course went and how they would improve the course before the next offering. With their permission, we’ve taken those reflections and distilled from them 10 tips for improving an online course.

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