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Advise for rookies
And, don't expect to have everything perfect the first time you offer the class. I am continually changing and editing mine (this summer is the 6th semester I have done it). The more you offer it the better it gets. You will learn what works and doesn't for your course and students.
I find a good way to engage the students is with the discussions. It lets them talk to one another, know that I am actively participating, as well as share opinions about things they have learned. I set up a set of questions for each chapter (usually associated with a reading from outside the textbook) that is mandatory for them to answer. They get 5 pts for posting a response (as long as it is on topic).
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Be strategic -- weigh the landscape at your institution -- be involved in setting campus policy (do not listen to the "experts" as the field is changing too quickly for anyone to be an expert). Do not follow the rules, but question them, bend them and seek opportunity by questioning the status quo -- be nibble, flexible, quick and innovative.
Pick your course with care, do no consider it a onetime event, but consider the long-term implications for professional development. Develop a personal four year plan for planning, development, testing, evolution, marketing (both the course and your efforts as scholarship), and implementation. Direct your effort to cover all three faculty responsibilities: teaching, scholarship and service. Market your course and effort, both on campus, within your system, and internationally. Seek financial resources for online development and plan how to leverage your effort to the benefit for everyone, students, department, institution, and you (the latter professionally and personally).
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My course consists of a quiz, discussion, a "lecture" (an html page I author that may/may not link to video), text reading, and a lab assignment for each 2 weeks. They are always due at the same time.
Know that sometimes you get a bad cohort and it's not you.
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