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Involving Teaching Assistants in the Online Classroom

Introduction Have you been thinking about involving a teaching assistant (TA) in your online course? TAs are a great way to provide supplemental instruction opportunities for students, as well as help instructors manage a demanding online class. Take it from me–I’ve been a TA in an online course! With a little creativity and trust, we can be involved in most components of online courses to your benefit and ours. Start with the Pragmatics Once you’ve identified a TA for your online course, talk through the pragmatics, the way you might with a TA in a face-to-face course. Meet before the


Instructor Bio Tips & Tricks

The instructor bio is such a simple, basic part of the course that it can be easy to overlook its importance. When so much time is taken up with assignment rubrics, video scripts, and discussion prompts, thinking of how to describe yourself to students can seem pretty minor. But it is worth thinking about. The instructor bio is often the first introduction that students will have to you–as an educator, as a subject matter expert, and as a person. So it’s key to make a good first impression with an instructor bio that students will want to read. Quality Matters


Happy Holidays from SPS Distance Learning!

The SPS Distance Learning Department wishes you a very happy holiday season. We celebrated the end of the year with a Festive Smorgasboard, featuring a hot chocolate bar, holiday bake-off, and Secret Santa gift exchange! The Distance Learning Department will be closed from December 22 through January 2. We’re looking forward to the new year and are excited to learn, design, and educate together with our colleagues!


Spotlight on Accessibility – Captions & Transcripts: December 2017 Online Learning Webinar

In this month’s webinar, Content Specialist Christine Scherer explained the ins and outs of captions and transcripts. Topics covered included the benefits of captions and transcripts, how captions and transcripts are created, why scripting is so important, and different types of captioning. To learn more, visit the DL Website’s Accessibility page! You can view a recording of the webinar on Panopto.  


Recording an Interview Over Blue Jeans

When teaching an asynchronous, online course it can be difficult to find a time for a guest speaker to appear in your course. A guest speaker can instead record a presentation or speech on their own and send a recording for use in your online course, or you can host an web conference to help facilitate a recording and capture a conversation between you and your guest. If you choose to facilitate a recording over web conference, read on for recommendations to make the process go as well as possible. However, web conference technology can limit the quality of a