The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE) and World Campus Online Faculty Development have teamed up to develop a new course on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). OL 3600: Universal Design for Learning provides a high-level view of UDL for instructors and designers who embrace student variability, strive for equity, seek to implement research-based learning…
There may be parts of the curriculum in your course that present or invite exposure and student participation around topics and issues that may be considered controversial, personal, or sensitive to students in the class. The goal is to give students the opportunity to be aware of what is coming in a course curriculum, to understand why a potentially sensitive topic is part of the course, and to ask questions and respond to the instructor to get more information to support their learning.
Sometimes faculty will feel it is a challenge to get students to be active and engaged in asynchronous, online discussions. Here are some suggestions that can improve discussion engagement in your online course.
You may encounter students who create disruptions in discussion forums, teams, or emails. If the disruption creates an unsafe learning environment or is potentially injurious to other students, it is necessary to intervene.
Engaging students and determining how engaged they are in the course can be a challenge in an online, asynchronous educational mode. There are resources that you can use to help nudge students to engage with you, their peers, and the course content and activities.
Dr. Megan Baril provides information about a program she uses to give her students feedback on their writing.