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Teaching Online


Even though online can sometimes make the instructor seem invisible and more of a proctor than a teacher, students still expect the instructor to contribute something beyond the textbook. So, what is content and how do you get it onto your site?


Your Lectures and Handouts
Man Holding Books
  • If lecture notes only exist in print form, scan the pages with an OCR program
  • Add graphics to your lecture notes and add more white space for on-screen clarity
  • Don't use underlining (since these usually designate links online) and do not use more than two font types for readability
  • Use separate pages rather than one "long scroll" page
PowerPoint or Flash Presentations
  • You might just convert your F2F PP presentation to html or pdf (standard ppt also works)
  • Flash allows more imaginative flexibility in presentations (see Programs/Applications) but has a steeper learning curve
  • Adding narration (just insert audio) substitutes for the missing lecture component in online courses (see the sidebar in the Multimedia area)
  • Make sure file sizes are small for browser efficiency (see sidebar: Reducing File Size in PowerPoint)
Video Lectures
Man on Screen
  • Record yourself in class or make a special recording of you presenting material or record yourself reading summaries of main points, stories that relate to the material, poetry
  • Record video interviews, simulations, examples, demos, your own "news" footage
  • Capture a demonstration on your computer (with a screen recording/motion capture program - see Programs), add narration, and save to a video or Flash file
Extra Publisher Content
Puzzle Piece
  • Can include online or CD/DVD videos, glossaries, links to content, exercises based on content (and avoid problems with copyright)
  • Comes either as a bundle with your textbook or as standalone (here is an example: WebTutor Toolbox)
  • Use online textbook "companion sites" (here is an example: Plotnik Companion Site )
Online Content Sites
  • New sites are being created that specialize in supplying online content (links, videos on demand, MP3s, even animations - see Brain Pop)
  • See Useful Resources for listings
Web Links
Web Links
  • Great sources available (check your textbook companion sites or Useful Resources on this site)
  • Always check for the validity of links before your course begins each semester
  • But, make sure the sites have easy navigation and not too many popups or ads - check for a credible source or author (see Evaluating Websites)
Library Resources

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Last Updated: 06/25/2018

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