Online Teaching

Editor’s note: Learning in the Time of Coronavirus is a multi-part video interview series where, in each episode, we interview folks with a unique perspective on how Covid-19 is affecting education across the world – and how we can keep learning in spite of it. Dr. Bucky Dodd of the University of Central Oklahoma talks us through… Read More

Online Learning Director: Education, Salary, and Outlook

By The Editorial Team January 23, 2020

Digital learning encompasses a wide field, from bachelor’s degrees to proprietary training classes offered entirely online. Online learning directors participate in every aspect of digital learning from choosing the right technology to helping academic directors design accessible coursework. An online learning director might work with the registrar’s office to enroll new students, the office of… Read More

Attributes of Well-Written Assignment Instructions

By Zachary Fruhling May 14, 2019

When you are teaching a face-to-face course, you have some freedom to provide assignment instructions to your students that are somewhat imprecise. This is because you have the opportunity to provide further clarification or to answer any questions in person when your students are right in front of you. In an online course, however, assignment… Read More

Evergreen Online Course Materials

By Zachary Fruhling March 5, 2019

An important part of maintaining online course materials is keeping them up to date. Over time, an online course can become out of date as textbooks are updated, current events change, or new research occurs within a particular field of study. Sometimes the motivation for updating online course materials is pedagogical: It’s clearly important pedagogically… Read More

While the pedagogical creativity inherent to creating an engaging online learning experience should not be understated, an equally important aspect of online course design is the production workflow. The creation of any product, whether tangible or intangible, has constraints of time frame, checkpoints, and quality control, all of which are important aspects of online course… Read More

Phatic Communication and the Meaning of “Woof!”

By Tom Armbrecht, PhD August 8, 2018

When I was in graduate school, I saw a short film about cultural norms in France. One scene featured two people greeting each other in Paris’s Jardin de Luxembourg. After the archetypal bises on each cheek, the young man in the film asked the older woman, “Ça va?” Instead of saying simply, “Oui, merci.” she… Read More

Jargon-Free Instructional Design

By Zachary Fruhling July 20, 2018

Instructional design (ID) can sometimes be an overly complicated and diverse field with various instructional design models and complicated terminology. But I’ve always found that instructional design can be simplified if you stick to a few important principles and ask yourself a small number of intuitive questions. Instructional design: What does it mean? Simply put:… Read More

Rediscovering the Power of the Link

By Zachary Fruhling June 29, 2018

No, not that Link! These links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperlink It’s been over 20 years since I obtained my first internet-capable computer, way back in 1997 (an IBM Aptiva running Windows 95, if you’re curious). With this being my first taste of the internet, I remember being amazed at the power of jumping from webpage to webpage (“web-surfing,”… Read More

The Loss of the Live

By Tom Armbrecht, PhD June 22, 2018

One must start from that which is barely knowable but knowable to oneself and try to know what is knowable without qualification, passing, as has been said, by way of those very things which one does know. —Aristotle, Metaphyics   As someone who does research for HotChalk’s Learning Design team, I am in the process… Read More

Best Websites to Search for Jobs in Higher Education

By The Editorial Team June 11, 2018

Whether you’re already working in higher education or you’re wanting to explore your options, it can be challenging to know where to begin your research. So we’ve compiled a list of resources that features helpful information about finding jobs in higher education. Academic 360 A collection of internet resources, this site includes faculty, staff, and… Read More

Writing in the Second Person: Addressing Students Directly

By Zachary Fruhling June 8, 2018

A common concern about online courses is that they can be impersonal, with communication between instructors and students often being faceless and asynchronous. Although there are various collaboration and communication tools available to enable real-time communication, one of the simplest things you can do to make an online course more personal for students is to… Read More

Exploring the Internet (Safely!) in and out of the Classroom

By The Editorial Team June 6, 2018

Innovations in educational technology are changing the classroom, which means your students are spending more time online than ever. Follow these tips and activities to help make the web a safe, fun place for kids and teens to learn. Set up a safe classroom To establish basic digital guidelines in your class, follow these best… Read More

An Online Instructor's Guide: How to Approach Group Work

By Caitrin Blake December 2, 2014

Group projects are often met by groans of frustration and irritation among students. This is understandable; when students work independently, they are able to control the pace of their work and ensure the project is done correctly and on time. Group work, however, requires trusting others to complete tasks; when students work in teams, they… Read More

Online Instructor Guides: Giving Effective Assignments

By Caitrin Blake November 19, 2014

Online instructors face a set of unique challenges. Because students don’t have the benefit of verbal explanations or clarification when assignments are given, online coursework guidelines must be even more descriptive and accessible than they are in traditional classrooms. While it is entirely possible to use the same projects in face-to-face and online classes, there… Read More

An Online Instructor's Guide to Better Discussion Boards

By Caitrin Blake November 11, 2014

Online courses can be an isolating experience for teachers and students alike. The Internet wall makes it more difficult for students to get to know each other and their teachers, which can make it more troublesome to facilitate the same rapport among classmates that often exists in face-to-face classes. The bane of online learning: Discussion… Read More