I would not have made it in my first year as a teacher without the generosity and collegiality of the more experienced instructors I had the privilege of working with. I uses to begin each year with a posting on Time Saving Tips for Teachers which used to be about how to save time teaching online, but I found that most of the tips were being used in face to face classes as well.
What resources do you send to new teachers?
Some websites & resources that I have found invaluable for online teachers include:
- Honolulu Community College’s Faculty Development Teaching Tips – I especially like the article here “101 Things You Can Do ithe First Three Weeks of Class.”
- A Berkeley Compendium of Suggestions for Teaching with Excellence – This is from 1983 and comes with the caveat that there are more up-to-date sources but much here is timeless.
- Online Teaching Tips – These are tips specifically from online teachers for online teachers.
- Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom, by Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 2007
I found that searching for the assigned textbook title in quotes and then adding the word “syllabus” gave me a good idea about how teachers were using a particular textbook.
What about you? What teaching tips do you have for new teachers? How do you streamline your online teaching process? Leave a comment below if you have any time saving tips. Let us know in the comments below!