Here are some ways to
apply what you've learned ...
Design a web page or site:
If you would like to create a web page
or an entire site to support your classes, you will probably
need a bit of support to accomplish the task.
Check to see if your college provides
on site training in web page or site design.
In addition, find out if server space
is available for your page or site. You won't
find it hard to use the software, but you'll need a little
help in learning how to put the pages you create onto your
campus web server. The files are not unlike those
you create with your word processor or other software running
on your PC, but to be visible to the world, they must reside
on a server, not on your personal computer.
For help making your site an effective
instructional tool, we recommend taking a training workshop
at your campus or, if none is available, try the @ONE workshop
entitled "Using a Website to Support Instruction".
Information about upcoming @ONE training events is available
on the @ONE consortium web site at http://one.fhda.edu.
(See also their list of conferences: http://one.fhda.edu/resources/conferences.htm).
This consortium is funded by a state grant administered
by the California Community College Chancellor's Office.
In addition to @One, the CVC regional centers and the California
Virtual College Professional Development Center http://www.pdc.cvc.edu
may be able to provide support your efforts.
For those who prefer to learn at home
and place their materials off campus, numerous books are
available. Two good online training resources are:
(from TrainingTools.com - these
tutorials are very thorough, so you may want to skim
some sections to get to the information you need most)
Course management tools (Jennifer
Find our what course management software,
if any, your college is using.
Also find out if the package your college
uses is available for supplementing campus-based courses
or only for distance education. Your local distance
education and/or academic computing office should be able
to provide this information. If your college is using
a course management package that is available for your use,
set up a development account with the office that administers
the software. If your college cannot provide
you with a development account, you can get one on most
vendors' sites. For example, try:
Tools that improve communication
If you have discussion software available
at your campus, create an assignment for your students
requiring them to use the discussion board. You'll
need to come up with a relevant discussion topic, and
be sure to make it very focused--if it's too broad, you
may find the discussion heading in a direction that takes
the students away from your course content. Give
them a timeline for making their own posts, and announce
your own schedule for checking posts--i.e. every
morning by 10:00 a.m., MWF evenings, or whatever works
for you. Stick to the schedule you set for yourself
so you can monitor how the discussion is going.
Often times, you'll need to insert posts to keep the momentum
going, resolve questions that arise, and steer the discussion
in the direction you think will be most productive.
Assign a few points for the assignment--even extra credit
points, or you'll probably get poor participation.
Finally, take some time to reflect upon the discussion
after it occurs and make some notes about how you'd like
to change the assignment next time you teach the course.
Note also that you can save a particularly good discussion
and post it as a resource for future classes.
Tools that Increase Student Access
to Learning Resources (Jennifer
Find your textbook's publisher's website
and browse for both your discipline and your particular
textbook. See if you can find supplementary materials
that you and your students might find useful. Try
matching the resources you find to your course calendar--you
might find a resource to accompany each topic on your
course outline. These URL's would be a great addition
to the course calendar you provide your students.
Consider creating a homepage where
you can post your own resources for your students.
It doesn't have to start out with a wealth of information--even
just a page that lists your contact information and syllabus
is a very good start. Remember that your homepage
can grow slowly, with you adding content bit by bit as
you find resources that you really like.