Teaching a Course
Teaching an online course can be similar to teaching a classroom course. As a Section Instructor or Teaching Assistant, you present course content, interact with Students, and evaluate their work.
Depending on how the course was designed, content includes all material that is used in a course, such as course requirements, lessons, reading lists, assignments, and quizzes. Content can also include communication channels, such as discussion topics or chat rooms. The content can be organized in logical units that are meaningful to Students. For example, content can be organized chronologically, by topic, or by level of complexity. This allows you to deliver the appropriate content at the appropriate time, which helps Students focus on specific learning objectives.
In addition to presenting content, you can evaluate Students' performance and give feedback, just as you would in a classroom course. You can also grade assignments and assessments, and keep a record of grades for each Student.
When teaching a fully online course, it is important that you use online communication channels to allow you and Students to interact with one another. Unlike being in a classroom course, you cannot rely on face-to-face interaction. Depending on how the course was designed, you can use communication channels to exchange feedback, offer opinions, provide guidance, and ask questions just as you would in a classroom course.
To teach a course online, you use various tools in the course software. A tool is a function in the course software that allows users to perform specific activities. You can use the following types of tools:
Organizational Tools. You and Students use these tools to view the course syllabus, search for content, and keep track of important events and deadlines in a course calendar.
Communication Tools. You and Students use these tools to send messages, hold online discussions, and chat in real time.
Student Learning Activities. You use these tools to distribute quizzes, self tests, surveys, and assignments to Students. Students use these tools to complete and submit assessments and assignments.
- Content Tools. You use these tools to present content. Students use these tools to view content.
You can also use instructor tools to access additional options for customizing the course, managing files, keeping a record of grades, and controlling the availability of content.
There are also student tools, which are available to Students only. These tools allow Students to view their grades, keep track of their own progress, make notes, and store their own files in a course.
The overall process for teaching a course is:
- Presenting content
- Evaluating students
- Communicating with others