Adjusting Instruction: Meeting The Needs Of Your Students While Teaching Full Online Courses
In your classroom, you know how important it is to adjust instruction based on how well your students are learning the material. You're able to walk around and take a look at their notes, poll your class in the moment, and keep an eye on the small cues that students give when they're confused. This can be a little bit harder when you're teaching complete classes online, and don't get the chance to see your students in person.
When you're teaching full online courses, it's still important to pay attention to the needs of your students. You'll likely want to stop and go through checks for understanding more frequently. While this doesn't necessarily mean cold calling students, you may want to pause and require a student to explain the concept back in their own words, or you may want to talk about common misconceptions and have a student explain to you why the misconception is incorrect. While you may feel that you're going above and beyond what's necessary, it's important to take some time to ensure that you understand the skill level of your new class.
When you're teaching full online courses, it will take some time to get to know your students, and you should plan for a bit of an adjustment period. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to get used to teaching complete classes online, and let your students know that this is new to you as well. When they know that you're learning the ropes, they'll feel more comfortable making mistakes and learning, knowing that you're going to get through it together.