Adapting Your Face-to-Face Course Online 

Below are some suggestions for adapting your face-to-face course online.

  • Create a welcome message or video so that students can get to know you. You can help students get started with your online course, setting the tone of your expectations just like you would at the first meeting of a classroom course.
  • Make sure that students are able to connect with you, provide email and contact information, office hours or your availability online, and feedback and response times. 
  • Provide explicit instructions and guidelines for successful participation and how to successfully accomplish course objectives, including class policies and expectations for online behavior in discussion forums. 
  • Write your content in an informal, personalized tone. This helps build personal rapport with you through the online medium. 
  • Encourage active learning by adapting activities of the classroom for the online environment. 
  • Develop cooperation and interaction among students. 
  • Emphasize time on task. Create clear expectations of the time students will need to dedicate to the course to successfully complete it. To each planned activity provide the estimated time on task for success. 
  • Create an area where students can find the overall course information: syllabus, calendar of deadlines, assignment information and instructions, and links to help resources.
  • Break up classroom lectures and content into “chunks.” You want to make sure videos or audio files are between 5 – 7 minutes long. 
  • Update and adapt your syllabus with information for your online course. 
  • Make sure to comply with copyright and fair use policies when creating your content and integrating other resources.
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