TEACH SMARTER: 5 STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE (AND EFFICIENT) ONLINE TEACHING

The online classroom offers a plethora of instructional opportunities. So many, in fact, that it may interfere with teaching effectiveness. The ubiquity of the online classroom combined with an ever-evolving list of instructional technologies, limitless educational resources, and a plethora of pedagogical tasks (facilitating discussions, grading, feedback, content development, one-to-one communication, etc.) often leaves faculty struggling to prioritize their limited teaching time. While research supports the value and relevance of fostering an engaging, personalized, interactive online classroom, it stops short of explaining HOW to create this experience. To be effective, faculty need to know more than WHAT to do; they need the skills, abilities, and tools to implement pedagogical strategies in an efficient and effective manner. To maximize instructional effectiveness, it is essential that online faculty prioritize their time investment to focus on high-impact instructional activities that promote interaction, presence, and participation. The key is to teach smarter, not harder (or longer). Presentation overviews five key strategies for maximizing the impact of instructional time without burdening your workload. 

B. Jean Mandernach, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University. Her research focuses on enhancing student learning in the online classroom through innovative instructional and assessment strategies. She explores strategies for integrating efficient online instruction in a manner that maximizes student learning, satisfaction, and engagement. In addition, she has interests in the development of effective faculty evaluation models, perception of online degrees, data analytics, and faculty workload considerations.