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Moving Quickly to an Online Class
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At some point, you might be instructed that your face-to-face class must now be delivered entirely online. The more you prepare now for this possibility, the more smoothly this move will be. There are five things you should do today to make the transition move as smooth possible.

  1. Create an OWL site for your course. 
  2. Record your lectures
  3. Review your reading materials
  4. Examine what activities you use in-class
  5. Review your assessments and tests

Click here to download a PDF of the video’s transcript here.

For more information, help with moving your course online, or if you have any questions contact Mike O'Connor, e-Learning Instructional Designer, moconn22@uwo.ca

Academic Accommodation
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This video covers 14 of the most common issues related to ensuring academic accommodation online.

Click here to download a PDF of the video’s transcript here.

For more information, help with online accommodation, or if you have any questions contact Mike O'Connor, e-Learning Instructional Designer, moconn22@uwo.ca

Making Videos
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Making Videos - Series

Making videos is an essential part of teaching online. A video allows you to communicate with your students and project your presence in a virtual classroom. 

Evidence-based findings show using video in the classroom:

  • Inspires and engages students
  • Facilitates thinking and problem solving
  • Fosters mastery learning
  • Helps develop learner autonomy
  • Delivers authentic learning opportunities

As an online instructor, you can use video to deliver lectures, demonstrate procedures, create a sense of presence, provide unique perspectives, present exchanges and interviews, and real-world connections to students. 

Join Mike O'Connor's OWL site to view his amazing series about making videos (website). 

  • Session 1: Filming
  • Session 2: Graphics
  • Session 3: Editing

For more information, help with moving your course online, or if you have any questions contact Mike O'Connor, e-Learning Instructional Designer, moconn22@uwo.ca

Blended Classes
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These videos examine the best practices of designing and running a blended class. What work best for blended classes is reserving the online asynchronous portion for lectures, reading material and set up for in-class activities. And reserving the in-class portion for high impact, interactive learning.

Click here to download a PDF of the videos' transcripts here.

For more information, help with your blended class, or if you have any questions contact Mike O'Connor, e-Learning Instructional Designer, moconn22@uwo.ca

Resources

Horn, M. B., & Staker, H. (2017). The Blended Workbook: Learning to design the schools of our future. John Wiley & Sons.

Madden, A. G., Margulieux, L., Kadel, R. S., Demillo, R. A., & Goel, A. K. (2019). Blended Learning in Practice-a Guide for Practitioners and Researchers. Mit Press.

Online Labs
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This video is a quick primer on how to shift a lab course online. I look at the three kinds of labs you can offer online: instructor-created labs, lab kits, and virtual labs and simulations.

Click here to download a PDF of the video’s transcript here.

For more information, help with your online lab, or if you have any questions contact Mike O'Connor, e-Learning Instructional Designer, moconn22@uwo.ca


Resources

Boettcher, J. V., & Conrad, R. M. (2016). The online teaching survival guide: Simple and practical pedagogical tips. John Wiley & Sons.

Marzano, R. J. (2017). The new art and science of teaching: More than fifty new instructional strategies for academic success. A comprehensive framework for effective instruction. Solution Tree Press.

Moore, M. G. (2016). Teaching science online: practical guidance for effective instruction and lab work. Stylus Publishing, LLC.