My Humanizing Reflections
I found this series on "How to Humanize Your Online Class" to be very useful. Some of the concepts were familiar, but a number of the tools were new to me and it was fun to be able to use them and get a feel for what they could do. I particularly liked Haiku Deck and VoiceThread.
I primarily work with faculty as an instructional designer, so teaching I do now is limited to workshops for faculty, consultations, content development or online instructions. My takeaways for faculty who want to create an online course will be:
ONE - Aside from the typical "instructional design", really think through a richer interaction with the students and plan for actively building a learning community within the course.
TWO - We are implementing VoiceThread on our campus and I would like to demonstrate that tool and get more faculty to incorporate it into their student activities.
THREE - Remember the session on visual learning and help faculty to reduce the TEXT.