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  • Lots of communication
  • weekly plan
  • Standard format
  • not overload
  • Clear expectations communicated
  • Keep things in one place when possible
  1. Communicate, communicate, communicate - but thoughtfully. Use a standard way to communicate. I stopped using email because my students were telling me that they were getting multiple emails a day from multiple instructors and it was hard to find/keep everything straight. I changed to using Blackboard announcements. They get in an email, but there is also a record, all in one place, for students to review.
  2. I am still struggling with the communication aspect. I am trying to find balance between clear guidance and too much information.
  3. I have found that the students strongly prefer clear email communications at the start of each week that lay out the plan.
  4. The students asked me to send an email at the beginning of the week with the ""battle plan"" (I still chuckle about that term) for the week. That has helped keep me organized and given me a broader view of the amount of work I was assigning to them for the week.  It also helps them plan their schedules.  I would recommend it to anyone who isn't already doing it.  I still release notes and space out assignments throughout the week to make sure they are not cramming everything into one day.
  5. As always, communicate, communicate, communicate!"
  6. communication with the students is the key
  7. I have found it necessary to over communicate to ensure the students know exactly what’s coming up and when it’s due. Creating a google calendar with due dates and office hours was appreciated.
  8. Set very clear expectations for your students. Allow lots of opportunities for them to ask questions regarding your expectations. Then, consistently hold them to the expectations that were set, while being flexible when students approach you on a case by case basis for extenuating circumstances.
  9. I created a Google Spreadsheet with a tab for every day. I have the syllabus on the first page and then every day in the syllabus links to the respective tab. This was extremely easy to set up and students have told me that it really helps them to have everything in one place.
  10. Just be ready to answer e-mails very quickly and make "course" corrections based upon student's needs. The biggest issues seems to time zone differences and a few students thinking that their academic day was absolutely over after 6th period. Certainly this is not true during a typical USNA day, as students are working during study hours on all sorts of academic projects. Biggest challenge: research students who are doing experimental projects: Had to turn part of their research project into a theoretical based project vs. experimental based. In future will make some provisions to try to bring equipment home, or get the apparatus to the student. This might be a huge task - so best to communicate with research students very often on-line or by phone.
  11. Only the obvious one: Tell students they can't expect us to simply record our lectures (or present them live) as if we were all still in a classroom. A dramatic change in teaching and learning methods is necessary. It's like we jumped to a whole new course.
  12. Students also like the daily email I supply with a to-do list and direct links to resources. They have so many classes and platforms that they appreciate the links that go directly to the videos or documents.
  13. Just the expected issues of students complaining about not understanding deadlines and such and an uneven approach to doing the work. The same things you always see in online teaching, which is why it's not optimum.  I've been doing it awhile and it's always the same.
  14. Provide students with an outline for each class prior to the teaching period
  15. Keep an on-going communication with students.
  16. Need strong communication with students, lots of support from instructors in the course.
  17. Communicate with your classes ahead of time, and make yourself available for questions and guidance.
  18. Consistency, clear expectations, reminders.
  19. Devote more time than you think necessary to ensure the midshipmen know where to find information.
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