Charlotte Matthews is an Associate Professor in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She has many years of experience teaching online in the School's Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program and discovered what works and doesn't work for her during that time. Charlotte shares a few ways that you can try to build community in your synchronous online courses.
Get ideas for an interactive asynchronous course by watching the video below, and learn about what tools and techniques you can use as an instructor.
In the following videos, CTE undergraduate student consultants share their experiences at UVA, learning in Spring 2020, and when instructors have utilized their perspectives and expertise to improve a course. The hope is that instructors will work to build connections with students, solicit student input to make their courses better, and engage them as co-creators of their learning experiences—all of which are especially important in an online environment.
Creating Well-Paced, Socially Connected Courses is a self-guided workshop created by the CTE and colleagues. It is designed to be a compact remote learning experience that addresses common barriers for instructors who are accustomed to in-person teaching. Any instructor, including graduate students, can do the workshop, but it will especially benefit those who are transitioning their courses online. You will watch videos, respond to reflection questions, engage in a multimedia presentation, complete a worksheet, and be directed to additional resources.
See how you might have a mostly synchronous interactive lecture by watching the video below, and learn about what tools and techniques you can use as an instructor.
Based on course tour of BME3240