Friday, July 18, 2008

Findings: Best Practices Asynchronous

Among the best practices we identified:

  • Identify and address licensing constraints with vendors
  • Begin faculty joint planning at least one full semester before offering
  • Share teaching styles and important areas of instruction for each individual
  • Review assessment options and priorities (develop shared syllabus)
  • Work out details of responding to students in advance
  • Which faculty member responds at what time to which students (anytime? All?)
  • Pre-plan how to handle disagreements between students – disagreements between faculty
  • Establish parallel schedules for responses, posting of grades, etc.
  • Plan for plenty of sidebar discussions via email/phone between faculty members (weekly or more often) - perhaps using wikis or Google docs

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