Anatomy of an Online Course: Table of Contents

Scroll down for the complete Table of Contents. Here at the top of the page, you will find posts related to my school's D2L to Canvas transition. I keep my use of the LMS to a minimum, but I am excited that Canvas courses can be public and how they can also contain live content. See below for details!

Here are other posts related to the online courses I teach:

Overall Course Design: These posts provide an overview of my course design strategies.
  • 10 Ways to Give Your Students the Gift of Slack. Yep, it's SLACK that matters... not grit. Giving your students slack is a great gift to give.
  • Un)Grading. This is a guest blog post for Starr Sackstein's Ed Week blog.
  • Grading. I wish I could not give grades at all; this represents my best attempt to reduce my participation in the grading process to zero.
  • Grading: What the Students Say. This is a collection of student comments about grading from the end-of-course-evaluations.
  • Writing-Feedback-Revision. Providing feedback that students use to revise their writing is how I spend most of my time each and every week.
  • Tech Tips. Even though it's just extra credit, teaching students about web-based tools is a fun part of the class for me!
  • Randomization Wonderland. This post explains how I use randomization both for course content and for student participation (comments).
  • Some Q&A about student choice, challenges, etc. Answers to some questions posed by a reader. :-)
  • Traditional Syllabuses. I recently had to prepare traditional syllabuses for my classes, so if you are curious, you can take a look.

Growth Mindset. Starting in Fall 2015, I've made Carol Dweck's "growth mindset" an explicit component of my classes, hoping to promote a growth mindset among my students and in my own work too!

Scheduling and Pacing: One of the most powerful aspects of teaching online is the flexible scheduling..
  • Self-Scheduled, Not Self-Paced. This post explains the overall scheduling strategy which I use in my courses.
  • Sample Assignment Schedules. These sample schedules can help the students turn this class into a M-W-F class, a T-Th class, or a weekend class — whatever works best!
  • Week 8: Review Week. During "humpweek" both classes have some special self-assessment and student-to-student interaction assignments.
  • The Grace Period. This post explains the "grace period," a no-questions-asked extension available for all class assignments.
  • Spring 2015: Grace Period Reminder Tracking. I am trying to find ways to intervene with students who get grace period reminders every day.
  • The Half-Reading Option. The "half-reading option" is another way I am trying to accommodate my students' busy and chaotic schedules.
  • Safety Nets. This post provides an overview of the various safety nets to support students with time management and workload management.

Orientation Week: These posts are dedicated to the special activities for the Orientation Week.

Storybooks and Portfolios: These student projects are the heart and soul of my classes!

Student Blogging: These posts describe the role of student blogging in my courses.
  • 10 Tips for Building a Student Blog Network. These are my thoughts about student blogging as of Spring 2016. Happy blogging, all! 
  • Student Blog Assignments. This is a listing of the different types of blog posts that my students complete each week.
  • Weekly Blog Comments. The students read and comment on each other's posts each week.
  • New "Comment Training" Strategy. Starting in Spring 2015, I'm trying to be more proactive in teaching students how to make detailed comments.
  • Comment Walls. Student create "Comment Wall" posts at their blogs where other students can leave comments on their Storybook projects.
  • Randomizing Blogs. This is a step-by-step tutorial for randomizing blogs using a simple spreadsheet... and it includes a screencast! :-)

Inoreader: I use Inoreader to manage the class blog network.

Communication Strategies: These posts explain the various communication strategies I use in my courses.

Content Development: This explains the various tools I use for content development and sharing that content with my students.

Indian Epics Untextbook: This is where I will document the development of an UnTextbook for the Indian Epics class.

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