Use the tools at your fingertips, such as your learning management system (LMS). One of the main expectations in the online learning environment is that students adhere to established due dates and guidelines for assignment submissions. Using the LMS calendar tool, you can create due date reminders a few days before assignments are due that give students an extra push. You can also send reminders using the Announcements tool. Many LMSs allow you to pre-draft and schedule a timed release for announcements. Check your calendar settings!
Tips for Designing and Moderating Large-Enrollment Online Courses
Effective Communication & Interactions
Wrap Up & Resources
Many of these strategies overlap thematically, for example, peer review encourages peer-to-peer interaction and can also reduce the grading load. These strategies also largely revolve around instructor time management and anticipating student needs. Ask your students for their feedback on what did and did not work well, as this can help guide future iterations of your courses.
The strategies shared in this post were adapted and borrowed from some of the resources listed below. Be sure to check out the following for more tips and ideas from faculty:
- Online Engagement Strategies for Large Classes
- Meeting the Challenges of Teaching Large Online Classes: Shifting to a Learner-Focus
- Grading in Large Online Classes
- Preparing to Teach a Large Online Course
- Managing High-Enrollment Online Courses