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Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes




Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes

Flower Darby, James M. Lang

ISBN: 978-1-119-54491-3 May 2019 Jossey-Bass 288 Pages


Find out how to apply learning science in online classes

The concept of small teaching is simple: small and strategic changes have enormous power to improve student learning. Instructors face unique and specific challenges when teaching an online course. This book offers small teaching strategies that will positively impact the online classroom. 

This book outlines practical and feasible applications of theoretical principles to help your online students learn. It includes current best practices around educational technologies, strategies to build community and collaboration, and minor changes you can make in your online teaching practice, small but impactful adjustments that result in significant learning gains.

• Explains how you can support your online students
• Helps your students find success in this non-traditional learning environment
• Covers online and blended learning
• Addresses specific challenges that online instructors face in higher education

Small Teaching Online presents research-based teaching techniques from an online instructional design expert and the bestselling author of Small Teaching.

About the Authors



Part I Designing for Learning

1. Surfacing Backward Design

2. Guiding Learning Through Engagement

3. Using Media and Technology Tools

Part II Teaching Humans

4. Building Community

5. Giving Feedback

6. Fostering Student Persistence and Success

Part III Motivating Online Students (and Instructors)

7. Creating Autonomy

8. Making Connections

9. Developing as an Online Instructor

Conclusion: Finding Inspiration