Earlier this month, Stanford's Online High School offered (in partnership with Stanford Continuing Studies) a free, five-day course "Teach Your Class Online: The Essentials." With many schools starting the next academic year online, this course found a large audience. 7,000 teachers signed up. Aimed at middle and high school teachers, the course covered "general guidelines for adapting your course to an online format, best practices for varied situations, common pitfalls in online course design, and how to troubleshoot student issues online."
The videos from "Teach Your Class Online: The Essentials" are all now available online. You can watch them in sequential order, moving from top to bottom, here. Or watch them on this Stanford hosted page. Day 1 (above) provides a general introduction to teaching online. See topics covered in Days 2-5 below.
Please feel free to share these videos with any teachers. And if anyone watches these lectures and takes good class notes (ones other teachers can use), please let us know. We would be happy to help share them with other teachers.
Finally, just to give you a little background, Stanford's Online High School has operated as a fully-online, independent, accredited high school since 2006. Stanford Continuing Studies provides open enrollment courses to adults worldwide. All of its courses are currently online. For anyone interested, Coursera also offers a specialization (a series of five courses) on online learning called the Virtual Teacher. It can be explored here.
- Getting Specific: Situations and Tools
- Science: Labs in Online Pedagogy
- Online Classroom Example Clips
- Building and Maintaining a Classroom
- Review of Submitted Sample Lesson Drafts
- Troubleshooting Obstacles to Success in the Online Environment
- Math: Using Writing Tablets and Whiteboards
- Modern Languages: Tips for Highly Interactive Class During Which Students Actively Speak and Write in the Target Language
- Humanities: Productive Classroom Conversations About Challenging Subjects
- Closing Thoughts