September 2018: This website is being updated – at long last! Many of the tips — 95 to 120 — have not been online before; others are quite old in Internet time and specific to tools which are no more. These tips are still useful, however, for the underlying philosophy. Also, many of the tips address the similar topics, such as course beginning tips. I’ll be reviewing, updating, and verifying links in this tip library over the next few months In the meantime, be sure to enjoy them and the book that has organized and categorized these tips. The book also has key foundational chapters on core learning principles and best practices.
Let me know which of these online tips are most useful and which might need the most help in the new blog area.
This library of e-coaching tips addresses many of the issues, challenges and delights in designing and teaching a course in blended or online environments. Novice and experienced faculty alike will find practical and theory-based hints and ideas here. The tips provided here were the basis of the two editions of the book, The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips.
These tips cover the fundamentals of what to do in the four phases of a course, how to set up and manage groups, how to plan assessments and how to wrap up a course in style. These tips also describe effective and efficient learning strategies and the over arching importance of teaching presence in online courses.
Don’t miss the following two resources that provide a foundation in learning principles and a summation of ten of the best practices of online learning.
- Ten Best Practices – A quick look at how to succeed in teaching blended or online programs. These practices have been expanded to fourteen in Chapter 3.
- Ten Core Learning Principles — A description of the core learning principles behind the tips and expanded in Chapter 2 of “the book.” Here is an earlier version from 2007: Boettcher, J. V. (2007). Ten core principles for designing effective learning environments: Insights from brain research and pedagogical theory. Innovate Journal of Online Education 3(3).