For teachers faced with transitioning their classes online
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Hidden Disabilities: Navigating the Need for Disability Support on Campus
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Professional Development for Higher Education
Faculty Focus Weekly
March 20, 2020
Taking Your Teaching Online

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Article Roundup

Eight Steps for a Smoother Transition to Online Teaching


By J.A. Miller, PhD


As universities rush to get all their courses online quickly, there’s a high probability of error but also a lot you can do to succeed. Problems may occur due to overtaxed technological infrastructure, your students’ disorientation and fear, and your own learning curve. On the positive side, you learn for a living, so you are good at it! Being open to the current crisis-driven educational opportunity is a call to action. The reputation and integrity of your institution—and you!—depends upon your offering engaging online classes. (No pressure.) Here are a few tips to get you started.


Advancing a New Mindset About Curriculum Design


By Adrianna Davis, EdD, MS


One of the most basic principles in education is backward curriculum design. This approach involves beginning with the end in mind. It can be tempting to utilize the traditional approach of creating learning activities based on the topics selected for a course. However, this does not challenge the educator to think about the concepts in new and creative ways. Backward curriculum design has numerous benefits that educators should consider, but we must think about this process in new and insightful ways.


Five Ways to Promote Student Autonomy in Online Discussions


By Cassandra Sardo and Justin York, PhD


"Write an initial post and then reply to two of your classmates." These are the standard requirements for students participating in online course discussions. Discussions in an online course play a vital role in creating substantive interactions, aiming to capture the spirit of discourse in face-to-face settings. This, however, can look and feel like busy work, making the purpose of online discussions unclear to students. Here are five considerations for promoting student autonomy while also breaking the online discussion mold.

A resource guide for transitioning your class online
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