Week 5


October 17 – 23

To Do:

  1. Read about Best Practices in Online Teaching (Due October 21)
  2. Blog about Best Practices in Online Teaching (Due October 21)
  3. Respond to your colleagues (Due October 23)
  4. Continue to develop your module  (Due October 23rd)

Learning Goals:

Reflect on both historical and conceptual foundations of Online Learning as well as current research and standards for online/blended course design/facilitation and articulate a personal philosophy of practice in these areas.


This week we will examine best practices for online teaching, an area with surprisingly little research.  You will write a blog post capturing  your thoughts on this and how these best practices compare and contrast with best practices in face-to-face environments.


Read about Best Practices in Online Teaching (Due October 21)

  1. Read Section IV of the NEA’s Guide to Online Teaching. As you were last week, you are free to read the entire report, though only this section deals with Skills for Online Teaching.
  2. Read “Best practices in teaching K-12 online: Lessons learned from Michigan Virtual School teachers” . This article is somewhat dated (2008) but is one of the only research articles published at this time utilizing empirical evidence to formulate best practices.

Blog about Best Practices in Online Teaching (Due October 21st)

Write a new blog post addressing the following:

  1. What similarities and/or differences do you see between suggested best practices in online teaching and your own knowledge of best practices in face-to-face instruction? Why do you believe this similarities and/or differences exist?
  2. Are there any best practices that you would question as valid/relevant? Why or why not?
  3. What best practices/skills do you believe are missing?
  4. What questions do you have regarding best practices/skills for online teaching?
  5. Make sure to categorize your post in “tedufall16b” and tag it with“bestpractices”.

Respond to your colleagues (Due October 23)

Read  your colleagues posts and reply back to at least one with:

  1. Points you may disagree with
  2. Questions you may have
  3. Request for more information
  4. Advice
  5. Connections between what you wrote on your post and what they wrote
  6. Personal experiences that relate to their post
  7. Connections between your field / content area and something they have written

Continue to develop your module  (Due October 23rd)


After speaking with several of you, I have decided that we will each create a folder in our #tedu622fall16B: VCU course. This is where we will each develop our learning modules for this course. This way we can all see in one place each others modules, and you can each copy these modules into your own schoology sites when you are ready. So for this week, let’s just have everyone create their folder, name it (with your name and content), and inside of that folder begin to roughly outline what your activities will be. Several people have already done this, so those folks may continue to add to their modules this week.  Let me know if anyone needs help with this.




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