Time Saving Tips for Teaching Online
Many faculty have found online teaching very time consuming. Here are a few time saving tips for teaching online from Evelyn Bach.
- Don't respond to every student on the discussion board. Let students answer each others questions. In fact, responding too quickly may thwart further student discussion.
- Require that students ask general questions on the discussion board so that you do not have to answer the same question multiple times. If someone asks a general question via email, post it on the discussion board with your response.
- Set limits. Tell student when you are not available (i.e., weekends, specific evenings, etc.) so they will know what to expect.
- Consider having assignments due at mid-week, particularly if you want to stay away from the computer over the weekend.
- Save and reuse postings, announcements, and email notices from one semester to the next as applicable.
- Have students format files in .rtf to minimize problems related to software conflicts.
- Require that students name their files with their name and the name of the assignment to allow for more efficient file management and retrieval
"20 Time-Saving Tips for Faculty Who Teach Distance Education Courses." Adjunct Advocate. May/June 2005. Web 24 Sept. 2010.