Teaching Tips For Instructors

  • Be prepared. There's no winging it in distance education. You must have a carefully planned script and stick to it. Consider your presentation from your students' perspective: What do they see and hear?
  • Interact frequently with students. Make sure they understand your message and give them plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
  • Practice makes perfect. Unless you moonlight as a television newscaster, you're probably not comfortable talking to a camera. Do a trial-run lecture before you subject your students to your monologue. If possible, arrange to speak in front of an audience in the broadcast center when you present your lecture.
  • Keep your students on their toes. If you can't see your students, you can't tell who is sleeping and who is confused. Most distance learning formats allow instructors to randomly ask students questions. Do it.
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