Transitioning to Online from a F2F Class

November 7 2017

Transitioning to an Online Course from a Classroom, F2F Class

Transitioning to an online course means redesigning your course. This includes changes in how you allocate your time.  Think in terms of the Learning Experiences Framework  (Boettcher and Conrad, 2016) and the three presences (Garrison, 2007).



Faculty Mentor Learner Content/Skill Environment
Social Presence
  • Create intro video with formal and informal info
  • Get to know learners, both personally and “mindly”
  • Prepare initial posting with formal and informal info
  • Plan day/hrs. for learning
  • Get to know 3-4 other learners well.
  • Plan for skills and activities to work on individually and with other learners.
  • Plan tasks for learners to communicate with  friends and family
  • Ensure that access to materials and learning tools are at hand
Teaching Presence §  Expand syllabus so that it is VERY clear and comprehensive

§  Develop assessment plan and projects with rubrics

§  Review syllabus to manage any life conflicts

§  Complete milestones on time

§  Have learners complete learning map, chart, graphic, examples of desired skills and goals §  Plan occasional synchronous meetings for discussion, review, sharing


Cognitive Presence §  Create assignment for learners to customize goals and objectives

§  Develop discussions to focus on core concepts

§  Keep personalized goals always in mind §  Plan peer review project

§  Plan time for thoughtful interaction on discussions to    develop concepts

§  Plan processes for sharing of projects


Boettcher, J. V., & Conrad, R-M. (2016).The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips(2 ed.). San Francisco, CA.  Jossey-Bass.

Garrison, D. (2007). Online community of inquiry review: Social, cognitive and teaching presence issues Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 11(1), 61-72.