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Advancing Online Teaching

Creating Equity-Based Digital Learning Environments

Kevin Kelly (author) Todd D. Zakrajsek (author)

ISBN: 9781620367223

Publication Date: Feb 2021

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Offers guidance on course design and planning, developing outcomes and appropriate engaging activities, managing workload and assessment, and pays explicit attention throughout to the diverse needs of students and offers strategies to accommodate them in a comprehensive and inclusive way by using the principles of Universal Design for Learning.
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The goal of teaching online is fundamentally the same as teaching face-to-face: facilitating the learning of all students to the greatest extent possible. This book differs from other books on online teaching in that, in the process of offering guidance on course design and planning, developing outcomes and appropriate engaging activities, managing the workload and assessment, the authors pay explicit attention throughout to the distinct and diverse needs of students and offer effective strategies to accommodate them in a comprehensive and inclusive way by using the principles of Universal Design for Learning.

By following those principles from the outset when planning a course, all students will benefit, and most particularly those whom the research shows have the greatest achievement gaps when taking online courses -- males, first generation and low income students, those from underrepresented minority groups, the academically underprepared, students with disabilities, and those with limited online access or lacking readiness for online learning.

Beyond good planning and design, Kelly and Zakrajsek offer ideas for creating inclusive course environments and activities, such using culturally appropriate content and making it accessible in multiple formats. They also share methods to foster faculty-learner interaction and increase personal connections with students, and among students, through group activities or learning communities, which are so critical to motivation and success.

Faculty new to online teaching as well as more experienced readers will find a wealth of practical guidance on developing and honing both fully online and blended courses and, as importantly, a wealth of proven ideas to help the new generation of students with diverse needs to succeed.
Pages 160
Date Published 28 Feb 2021
Publisher Stylus Publishing
Subject/s Education   Higher & further education, tertiary education   Educational equipment & technology, computer-aided learning (CAL)  
  • Part I - Designing a Distance Learning Experience
  • 1) Enhancing Inclusive Learning by Implementing Universal Design for Learning Principles Online
  • 2) (Re)Writing Learning Outcomes for Your Online Course
  • 3) Outlining Your Course Structure
  • 4) Finding, Creating, and Sharing Course Content
  • 5) Aligning Activities and Assessment Strategies With Course Outcomes
  • 6) Making Your Online Course Accessible
  • Part II - Guiding Learners from a Distance
  • 7) Supporting Online Learners
  • 8) Creating and Maintaining Your Instructor Presence
  • 9) Facilitating Engaging and Meaningful Online Course Activities
  • 10) Managing Your Workload When Teaching Online
  • Part III - Making Adjustments to Your Online Course
  • 11) Assessing Online Teaching
  • 12) Assessing Learning Online
  • 13) What to Change and How to Change It
Kevin Kelly teaches online courses as a Lecturer in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University, where he has also served as Online Teaching and Learning Manager. He works with colleges and universities as a consultant to address distance education, educational technology, and organizational challenges.

Todd D. Zakrajsek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Executive Director of the Academy of Educators in the School of Medicine. Prior to his work in the School of Medicine, Dr. Zakrajsek was the Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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