Our collection of some of the most popular guides from experienced online and distance learning educators.
The Online Teaching Survival Guide
Judith V. Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad
The Online Teaching Survival Guide is a highly rated guide is a comprehensive introduction to teaching classes online. The book covers core principles for structuring the online class, managing the overall running of the class, and interacting with students throughout the course. The material is grounded in evidence-based research and is intended for both new instructors transiting online as well as existing teachers who are looking to refine their approach.
Essentials of Online Course Design
Marjorie Vai and Kristen Sosulski
Essentials of Online Course Design focuses on core considerations when designing online courses, drawing on best practices to help ensure a well-structured course. The text covers core concepts of course design from the form and nature of the material delivered to the assessment and feedback from the course.
Small Teaching Online
Flower Darby and James M. Lang
Small Teaching Online considers the “small and strategic changes” that are can help transform online teaching and increase student engagement with the course content. The text covers approaches for increasing student engagement within online learning, with consideration of building a community, giving feedback, and the importance of making connections between course content and their experiences.
Teaching Effectively with Zoom
Teaching Effectively with Zoom offers detailed, practical advice for teaching via Zoom, drawing on the authors experience as well as interviews with students. Published in July of 2020, the book is an up-to-date companion to assist educators transition to teaching on the platform.
The Distance Learning Playbook, Grades K-12
Fisher Douglas, Frey Nancy, and Hattie John
The Distance Learning Playbook offers practical advice specifically targeted at the needs of school teachers, combined with video companions to supplement the material in the book. Focused on the needs of a classroom environment, this highly rated guide covers a lot of considerations involved in delivering classes to K-12 students, with video material given advice from a diverse number of teachers and perspectives.
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While having Zoom recording is a fantastic resource for students, enabling those who miss class to rewatch the missed material, it is possible that students may raise tangential or private issues, particularly at the start and end of classes when they may assume that there is no one else in the room. This article explains how to use Zoom’s trim feature to remove this unwanted material from the archive.
The resolution of your video classes can have a big impact on the overall experience – high resolution makes everything feel crisper and closer to in-person discussions. The guide illustrates how to change the resolution of Zoom calls, reducing pixelation from default settings.
The chat feature on Zoom can sometimes be useful – potentially for sharing links with others – but it can also be distracting when presenting. Getting a flashing notification can interrupt the flow of a presentation, and allowing others to share messages when you are presenting can lead to side-conversations. Learn how to temporarily and permanently disable the chat feature.