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The Online Teaching Survival Guide, 2nd Edition by Rita-Marie Conrad, Judith V. Boettcher

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Chapter 6Phase 1: Course Beginnings: Starting off on the Right Foot

GETTING OFF TO a good start has a positive impact on an entire course experience. Students are excited; all learning seems possible. Launching well can energize students through many difficult tasks. This is a good time to refer back to the summary of the themes and tasks for course beginnings as described in Chapter Five. Table 5.1 highlights the tasks essential for an effective online course launch and the beginnings of building a course community.

The first set of tips for course beginnings guides you through the steps in getting ready for teaching your online and blended course. It is important to complete these steps in advance of meeting with your students. The second ...

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