Remind students to create a space in their home where they can learn without distractions, and be flexible so that students who can`t meet live can access live session materials, watch a recording of their class – I record all my classes that students can use if necessary – or a later class session. The shift to online work requires teachers to think a little differently about how to build the culture they want with their students. A friend of mine, a physics teacher in the classroom, was invited to teach an online physics course. Many students dropped out of the course mid-term and it was not restarted. When I asked what had happened, my friend said that the class had failed because he began to establish a strong class culture and immerse himself directly in physics. He assumed that the culture he had worked so was already present in his classroom. The aim of the online student agreement is to improve students` preparation and performance in online teaching. This resource ensures that all online participants have been informed of best practices for students before the start of an online course. It`s really tempting to advance a curriculum strategy without worrying about culture in any school environment, but integrating your cultural strategy into your virtual curriculum is the key to creating a true learning community. The key to building a culture is to reconsider these agreements every hour of class. Start and end classes with chords. Let students determine how well they have experienced the agreements as a retreat ticket or opener for the week.
In the assessment at the end of the online student agreement, students were asked to assess their own readiness for online class expectations. The range of responses was ranked between 1 and 4, a score of 1 indicated that the student did not feel prepared and a score of 4 which indicated that the preparation was effective. Out of 471 responses, only 8 students responded that they didn`t feel ready for their online courses student testimonials: I thought it was a very well explained site to explain to everyone what is needed to complete this course. It was very helpful. In addition, faculties reported fewer problems that students did not meet the minimum requirements for online participation. Every semester, persistence reports are analyzed for e-learning. As this is the first semester of this agreement, we hope for better persistence in online courses. I really like that you focus on the activities related to the agreement, and not just on the agreement itself.
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