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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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Teaching and Learning Symposium: Collaboration and Inclusion Resources

Rebecca Johnson—On August 14, Teaching and Learning Services hosted the inaugural Teaching and Learning Symposium. The theme this year was collaboration and inclusion, with four sessions on how faculty across RIT have employed collaboration in a variety of contexts.

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Connecting Classwork to Workplace Success

Rebecca Johnson—For faculty who struggle with persuading career-minded students to devote time and intellectual energy to a general education course, R. Eric Landrum has devised a strategy.

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