Authors: Flower Darby, James M. Lang
Keywords: online teaching, transitioning from face-to-face, re-designing classrooms, giving feedback, motivating online students and instructors
Physical copy available for borrowing at the Hilary Ballon Center for Teaching and Learning.
Key Question: How do you improve student engagement on an online platform?
*Sourcing for online media can be hard, and at times can present barriers for students when accessing your materials. In such a case, you can try creating your original tools and resources, and try to better understand the online system to lower any challenges your students may face.
Key Question: How do you “deliberately design” a course for better student understanding, social interactions, and support?
Key Question: How do you foster student success, for both off and online classes?
Key Question: How do you motivate both students and instructors for online classes?
There are three main methods:
Making connections, between new and old knowledge:
Developing as an instructor, and inspiring oneself:
If you need any tips about transferring your classroom online, this is the book for you! Darby and Lang will show you that you do not need to change everything from scratch, but rather tweak your classroom here and there to better fit the online sphere. In essence, Small Teaching Online focuses on helping instructors navigate online teaching through three main themes:
Overall, the book thoroughly challenges the common limitations presented by traditional classrooms and visualizes how online classes can be beneficial in overcoming these. It particularly emphasizes the necessary features of a functional classroom that can easily be neglected, such as properly motivating students as well as the instructor. One of the best features of all, the book contains not only the author's anecdotes but also details of how one could act similarly by directing the reader to easily accessible, common school resources.
Lang, J. M., & Darby, F. (2019). Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes. Jossey Bass Inc.