Joan Thormann of Lesley University will speak on “Nuts and Bolts of Planning and Implementing your Online Course” at a STEM Talk on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. in 138 Hasbrouck Lab.
Thormann will describe strategies to support online course development and teaching that have proven to make the online experience engaging and satisfying for both students and the faculty member. Techniques to enhance student participation such as optimizing introductions, using targeted grading systems and voice conferencing will be presented. Ways to implement strategies that enhance student learning including having student moderators, using templates and setting up forums that encourage peer support will be discussed.
Thormann has been teaching courses online since 1996. The strategies to be presented are based on research and have been employed successfully in online courses for nearly two decades. They are described in detail in Thormann’s recent book "The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Course," published by Teachers College Press at Columbia University.
STEM Talks take place the first and third Tuesday of each month i138 Hasbrouck Lab. Talks begin at 4 p.m., refreshments served at 3:45 p.m. Parking available in the Campus Center Garage.