Concerns and Factors

Knowing what you’re dealing with.

Concerns with teaching online

There are several reasons teachers might be hesitant to teach online.

Student and teacher interaction

When you and your students are all in different locations, creating a motivating community of learning can seem difficult to impossible.

In-person classes with high levels of participation allow instructors to gauge student learning, provide feedback and respond to students’ questions in real-time.

Online assessment

Quality assessments of understanding and student performance of skills require careful planning and even more careful administration. Online exams and recorded presentations pose significant questions for how these can be achieved while ensuring academic integrity.

Throughout the Design Your Course process, we will address these concerns, among others, and provide options for how to help mitigate problems that may occur without careful planning.

Situational factors for online teaching

The first step to online course design is to consider the context, constraints and opportunities that influence your course.

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Step one:

Go to our Situational Factors page to learn more about which factors to consider. Once you have downloaded the Situational Factors Worksheet at the bottom of the page, return to this page for guidance.

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Step two:

Fill out the Situational Factors Worksheet to understand the full context and constraints affecting your course.

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Step three:

Highlight the factors you believe will be the most limiting for your online course and those for which you’ll need the most help to create an optimal course. As you progress through creating and building your course, keep these issues in mind as you look for ways to address them.

Next steps

When you have finished situational factors, the next step is to begin the course design process.