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Faculty Stories: Sandi Connelly and How Online Teaching Is Different

Rebecca Johnson—When she moved her large-enrollment biology courses online, Sandi Connelly wanted to create an environment that met the educational needs of both supported and non-supported students.

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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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Faculty Stories: Christine Cray Says "Ditch the Syllabus"

Christine Kray—Teaching online has required a shift in my approach to course instruction. When I talked with a colleague at another university about my experience teaching online, she asked, “But don’t you just have to post your syllabus?” Nothing could be further from the truth. (This made me realize how far afield people’s understandings of online teaching can be—even those of fellow academics!)

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Course Design as Teaching Presence in Online Courses

Marty Golia—Faculty often struggle with the concept of online teaching presence. Does “being present” in an online course mean posting a new video every week (or every day)? Does it mean hosting live, synchronous sessions? Does it mean responding to every discussion post or email immediately?

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Faculty Stories: Neil Hair and Teaching Your First Class

Neil Hair—Nothing is more terrifying than going into your first class session with a new group of students. After 19 years in the classroom and several teaching accolades, I think it’s fair to say that even as a veteran I still get butterflies. Here are a few tricks that have worked well for me in the context of what I teach, which is mostly marketing strategy.

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Faculty Stories: Neil Hair and Serving a Client in an Online Environment

Marybeth Koon—Students in the online executive marketing EMBA program pose a range of unique challenges for Neil Hair, executive director of the Innovative Learning Institute and associate professor of the E. Philip Saunders College of Business. In addition to completing courses in a compressed time while working full-time in demanding jobs, they are often widely dispersed around the globe. However, they are also experienced, motivated students who are able to work independently, and are ready to work on real-life problems.

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