General Principles to consider when changing your teaching to be online:
Synchronous Vs Asynchronous Consider what teaching activities and elements you run as face to face, online, synchronous or asynchronous.
Alternative to Asynchronous Discussion Forums
Jigsaw: assign different chapters/sections/questions to different students and once each posts their response or summary, the bigger picture becomes clearer for everyone. Questions: rather than having students post only reading summaries or reflections, instead have them post the big questions the readings or tasks raised for them. They can then try to answer each other’s questions. Voice/video/graphic posts: let students post video/voice comments or graphics as well as/instead of text consider tools such as Voicethread or Flipgrid GIFS: ask students to summarise the reading/task with a GIF and defend their choice Memes: ask students to read and create memes relating to key concepts Fail and fix: ask students to post examples of #fails relating to your subject area (#designfail, #policyfail, #proofreadingfail, #signfail, etc) and suggest how they’d fix them Roleplay: have students take on the role of a different kind of reader and ask/answer questions from that perspective (eg policy analyst, government minister, school teacher, nurse, patient, poet, client, etc) Group and report: students work together to produce a summary or ask/answer questions about readings/tasks or make suggestions on best ways to tackle the next assignment, etc. Shared notes: use a Google Doc to share the notes from readings and lectures, pose and answer questions
Useful resources This IDEA paper provides some excellent ideas for actively engaging students in asynchronous online classes. This Twitter thread has some great ideas for both asynchronous and synchronous online discussions: