Teaching College Online

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Your authoritative guide to planning lessons, engaging & assessing students, and using technology online—whether you teach synchronously, asynchronously, hybrid, or beyond. 

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Course Structure

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Module 1: Planning

Yes, we all plan our instruction. But what exactly are you planning for? How are you planning it? The answers start to become less clear for many professors, especially when teaching online. With this module, you will have a system—a routine—you can follow week after week, year after year. We'll start by aligning outcomes with assignments and  tests. Then we'll revamp your syllabus. And finally, you will plan each module/lesson with my proprietary and highly popular one-sentence lesson plan. 

Lesson 1: Big Picture Planning

Do you have the foundation for an effective course? Let's make sure, by checking that your goals, assignments, and tests align. By the end of this lesson, you'll know exactly where you standsomething your students will appreciate! Please have your syllabus as reference. We'll have plenty of examples AND a template in the workbook. 

Lesson 2: 6 Steps to an Engaging Syllabus, Part 1

In Part 1 of your syllabus training, Dr. Eng argues for a new approach to the syllabus. HINT: It’s not a contract. Instead, set the tone for students from Day 1 with THIS approach. He also reveals the first step to creating an engaging syllabus. 

Lesson 2: 6 Steps to an Engaging Syllabus, Part 2

In Part 2 of your syllabus training, Dr. Eng goes over Steps 2 through 4 to upgrading your syllabus. Each step walks you through areas of the syllabus that are critical to engaging students in your course. 

Lesson 2: 6 Steps to an Engaging Syllabus, Part 3

In Part 3 of your syllabus training, Dr. Eng reveals the last two steps, including formatting and designing your syllabus—without the degree in graphic design. He also includes 2 templates (a simple text-based version and a fancier, graphics-based version) for you to use. 

Lesson 3: Your One-Sentence Lesson Plan, Part 1

Dr. Eng reveals his proprietary and popular One-Sentence Lesson Plan, a simple and focused method to boil down your lesson, so that it engages your students meaningfully. 

Lesson 3: Your One-Sentence Lesson Plan, Part 2

In Part 2, Dr. Eng delves deeper into the power behind the One-Sentence Lesson Plan, as well as three considerations to help you plan transformative lessons. 

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Module 2: Teaching

This module deals with synchronous & asynchronous teaching. Once you know the best way to structure these formats, you can combine the two to teach hybrid, hy-flex or anything in between!

Lesson 4: Developing Asynchronous Lessons, Part 1

In Part 1 of Developing Asynchronous Lessons, you will learn the W.I.S.E. lesson format, a simple go-to structure that will engage students in non-live events.  

Lesson 4: Developing Asynchronous Lessons, Part 2

In Part 2, Dr. Eng provides 3 recommendations that will help you take your asynchronous lessons to another level. 

Lesson 5: Developing Synchronous Lessons, Part 1

In the first part of this lesson, you will find out the answer to the question: When should I teach synchronously? (As opposed to asynchronously.) Dr. Eng reveals the 4 conditions that suit synchronous lessons best. Are you unnecessarily meeting liveor not enough?

Lesson 5: Developing Synchronous Lessons, Part 2

In Part 2, you will learn the four phases of the W.I.R.E. format for live teaching sessions, including examples from actual lessons that will engage your students. Do you include these elements? Find out. 

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Module 3: Assessing

How do you make sure students "get" what you're teaching? How should you test students? What are some ways to cut down your frustration when grading? This module will help you assess students effectively and efficiently. 

Lesson 6: Assessing Your Students, Part 1

In Part 1 & 2 of this lesson, Dr. Eng discusses the pre-assessment phase, which most professors ignore. He argues that you have to create the conditions to help students succeed before you assess them. Here he reveals 4 ways to do this. 

Lesson 6: Assessing Your Students, Part 2

In Part 2, Dr. Eng reveals the three more ways to help students succeed, which will result in higher assessment/test scores. Pay particular attention to Method #7—an absolute game-changer that leave professors thinking, I kinda knew that yet . . .

Lesson 6: Assessing Your Students, Part 3

Part 3 focuses on the actual assessment process, including tests and assignments. Dr. Eng discusses 6 ways to grade more efficiently and with less frustration. He also uncovers the best practices for testing students online.  

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Our bonuses take your teaching a new level. Want students to pay attention to your slides?  Get students to actually read? Present yourself on video more naturally & effectively? Level up your video tech? Make your course more accessible? Truthfully, these skills aren't simply "nice to have." When you're teaching online, they are essential

Bonus 1: Distill Your Slides

Try Dr. Eng's quick test to see if your slides are any good. More importantly, he reveals a novel way to approach slide presentations and demonstrates how most professors bore their audience with too much information. How can you make slides more dynamic and focused? This is Dr. Eng's masterclass-level training on focusing your slide presentation. 

Bonus 2: Make Readings Interactive

Are you frustrated that students don’t read or come prepared to class? The answer is to make reading more social, by interacting virtually with classmates via questions, responses, comments, highlights, and even upvotes. Dr. Mark Dust gives a step-by-step tutorial on one social annotation tool called Perusall, including how to set up, upload your readings, and grade your students’ interactions. A must-have tool to build engagement and accountability.

Bonus 3: The Fundamentals of Making Your Online Course Accessible

How can you make your course more accessible to students with special needs? Some may have difficulty hearing, seeing, or speaking. Others may have less visible challenges. As a result, adding captions, transcripts, and/or multiple modes of instruction can help. Yet, accessibility is more than an ADA compliance issue. It’s realizing that all students can benefit from an optimized learning experience. Instructional designer and accessibility expert Karen Sorensen walks us through what to do.

Bonus 4: Presenting Yourself On Video

Learn: 1) how to prepare yourself for the camera; 2) what kind of tech gear you need to optimize your video; 3) how to record yourself so you come across professionally and authentically; and 4) what to do post-production—i.e., editing, posting, and storing your videos. The concise yet definitive guide. Led by Tatiana Rodriguez, professor and video creation expert.

Bonus 5: Zoom Advanced Tutorial

Most of us have used the web conferencing platform Zoom. But there is so much more beyond screen sharing and breakout rooms. For example, did you know you can quickly unmute yourself using the space bar? Or that you can share your smartphone screen? Or that you can pause one shared screen and start another? Professor, corporate trainer, and video creation expert Tatiana Rodriguez shows us the exact steps to do all this and A LOT more.

Bonus 6: Level Up Your Video Tech Gear

Dr. Mark Dust, a photography, tech expert, and professor of public health, gives you his top recommendations for a basic video tech set-up, intermediate, and advanced. Whichever way you go, you will be sure to teach online like a pro.