The last few weeks have been emotionally overwhelming and difficult, including having to cancel our annual conference—a significant logistical undertaking—and working many hours to come up with an alternative arrangement. Our team at NISOD has also produced the Teaching Online Toolkit below for faculty members at our member community and technical colleges. The Toolkit includes particularly timely online teaching best practices compiled from our Innovation Abstracts and webinars, as well as from other sources. Our objective is the provide research and resources faculty members need so they can help their students be successful as they too transition to a mainly online environment.
Please stay connected with us through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and email@example.com. We want to hear how the best practices below impacted student satisfaction, engagement, achievement, and retention in your online courses.
Each week faculty, administrators, and staff at NISOD member colleges receive Innovation Abstracts, NISOD’s flagship teaching and learning publication. Authors share their best ideas about programs, projects, and strategies that improve students’ higher education experiences.
Led by community and technical college leaders and other experts in the field, NISOD webinars enable faculty members to conveniently learn about best practices and cutting-edge research related to effective teaching. Each webinar includes action-oriented, measurable, and learning-focused objectives that will help faculty members improve their teaching techniques for online, hybrid, blended, and face-to-face courses.
Announcing the NISOD Online Convenings
Since the coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed the way all of us now function, we’re happy to announce that we’ve restructured our 2020 annual conference as a series of online convenings. These events will feature purposefully selected presentations originally planned for our annual onsite conference.
Best Practices for Teaching Online
Best Practices for Teaching Online (BPTO) is a competency-based online faculty professional development program, collaboratively developed, featuring online students and faculty at multiple institutions, and officially recognized by NISOD! BPTO incorporates universal standards into online teaching and learning while providing national recognition for faculty who successfully complete a series of openly accessible courses. The idea is to increase awareness of best practices at higher education institutions across the country and provide external recognition to online faculty at NISOD member institutions. Click here for additional information.
Free Webinar Series: Effective Online Instruction
ACUE (Association of College and University Educators) has assembled a group of nationally recognized experts in online teaching and learning for a series of virtual discussions about best practices in online teaching to ensure quality online instruction for student success.
Toolkit: Getting Started With Remote Teaching
Practical techniques and expert advice from professors who have successfully made the leap to online teaching.
Books About Teaching Online (Courtesy of Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes, by Flower Darby and James M. Lang.
Online Teaching at Its Best: Merging Instructional Design With Teaching and Learning Research, by Linda B. Nilson and Ludwika A. Goodson.
Minds Online: Teaching Effectively With Technology, by Michelle M. Miller.
The Ultimate Online Teaching Guide for Fall 2020
This guide explores the fundamentals of teaching online and share tools to help you accelerate your journey—and drive student success.
Low Tech? No Problem. Here are 3 Alternative Ways to Help Distance Learning Happen
Here are three alternative ideas for how to ensure students can learn from home when necessary.
Free and Discounted Ed Tech Tools for Online Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic
This is a list of companies that are making their paid services free through the rest of the school year; others are lifting limits to services and/or adding premium features to what’s free.
Best Practices for Securing Your Virtual Classroom (Zoom)
Zoom comes pre-stocked with numerous security features designed to control online classrooms, prevent disruption, and help educators effectively teach remotely. Here are some best practices for securing your virtual classroom using Zoom.
8 Ways to Be More Inclusive in Your Zoom Teaching
Here are eight suggestions to help you keep inclusiveness in mind when remote teaching.
Zoom Best Practices
To help their faculty and students get the best experience using Zoom, South Puget Sound Community College has assembled these tips.
Online Education: Best Practices for Ensuring Student Success
The author, Josh Schwartz, who works to ensure TargetX’s focus on the mission of community colleges across the country, attended webinars, read articles, and tracked and researched the latest trends on online education to provide a few tips for faculty as they shift to the online learning environment.
Teaching Practices for Your Virtual Classroom
Learn the essential steps to follow when you plan and facilitate live sessions for virtual classes.
How Faculty Members Can Support Students in Traumatic Times
The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s collection includes articles on making the online pivot as smooth as possible, online teaching more empathetic and human, and coursework relevant and reflective.
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