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Hi, I'm not a teacher, but student who has taken many online classes.
I find that the online classes that seemed most successful were the ones that actually had the all the material lined out since the beginning of the semester. Everything was organized and easy to follow, when there are clear instruction on what to do when and rubric of how everything is graded. There also were interesting, relevant and easily accessible assignments to do (something that grabs my intellectual interest, but not a big project that requires long travel or complicated arrangement), instead of JUST reading assignment of textbook. That's boring. Discussion topics, that is not too easy, not too hard, but interesting and something that can be related to everyday life, were fun. Also, I find it really helpful when there are weekly "deadline" instead of everything due at the end of the quarter. It also gives great flexibility to students, if you can let students drop 1 or 2 weeks' assignment out of 10 or 12.
The most disappointing and boring online classes are when there is no participation whatsoever from the instructor. Some teachers do not participate in online discussion or give any kind of feedback. They just grade stuff and post the grade. There seems to be no "teaching."
What is the subject of this class?
student momma to two great girls
Also, I'd like to add that discussion questions where there is more than one (or a few) right answers are better. When the questions are looking for out-of-the book answers and don't draw upon your opinions or person experiences, it gets really boring to answer and even more boring to read your classmates' answers. I've often thought that it must stink to be the teacher, having to read through the same answers over and over---and there's no real dialoge going on between people if a more interesting or deeper question were asked.
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