Week 5 Readings and Resources

Online Management Strategies

For the new online facilitator, reading and responding to postings, providing high-quality feedback, and answering learner questions responsively can often be overwhelming.

Highly-effective, experienced instructors have developed strategies for managing time and expectations in online courses. It’s a good idea to review your course before you begin teaching to help determine what strategies you’ll employ to manage it effectively. Will you have virtual office hours? Will you have regular and/or consistent times that you’ll be online? Are participants aware of your specific facilitation style?

Wherever possible, these strategies should be transparent to your participants, so they clearly understand your expectations and boundaries.

One of the best ways that faculty members can effectively manage their online course environments is to ask questions of themselves that help to clarify how they should be designing, facilitating, and analyzing learning activities that promote effective student-student interactions. By seeking answers to these questions faculty members stay focused on what’s essential in maintaining and managing an effective learning environment.

Experienced faculty at RRU were asked to share the top three things they'd share with new online instructors. Take a moment and watch the following videos.

Mike Thompson (:47)

Jen Walinga (1:33)

Alicia Wilkes (1:12)

Doug Hamilton (2:41)