Online Learning Pedagogy

At this point in the semester, you've hopefully been able to find the proverbial groove in your teaching routine! This week's training tip will provide some best practices to implement good time management for your course. Hopefully, you'll see ways that you can tweak your weekly routine for the better and lighten your load a little!

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  • I'm all for simplicity in my schedule - I log in to BYUI 3-4 times a day, and take care of emails, discussion board questions, and any grading that needs to be done.  It never take takes more than a few minutes at a time, my students love my quick responses, and we're all happy :)

  • Tyler,

    I saw a time blocking schedule from Torri Black last semester, and it was a light-bulb moment that caused me to create a schedule just like this one. I made it my goal last semester, and I've been loving it ever since. I do emails first on Mondays, then keep up with it all week. I do grading Monday - Wednesday if I have two classes, I'm usually done by Tuesday, I start on discussion boards by Wednesday evening to give most of the students a chance to post something. My announcements are usually up and running by Saturday evening for the next week, so I don't even worry about that too much. This schedule has brought me peace of mind and sanity, and this semester has been even better. I have two classes, yet I can get through everything, participate in the community, do the mentoring class, and only spend 6 - 8 hours per class per week! I love it! Thank you Torri, and thanks for sharing this Tyler.

    • Torri shared this with me as well a few months ago. I still find I have some trouble implementing it, though it's entirely because of my own self-discipline rather than any fault in the process. I think it's time I give it another try. You know better than most my method of flying by the seat of my pants through everything, and you probably also know how much I pay for it in the long run. However, both you and Torri have such a talent for organization and class management. I think I need to study you two a lot more.

    • I'm delighted to hear the semester is going so well for you, Phyllis. A schedule makes a big difference.
    • It really helps an instructor maintain sanity and establishes good classroom management. Students can know what to expect and instructors can be better organized.

  • Good reminds Tyler.  Thank you. 

  • This tutorial definitely makes the load look easier. Thanks for the tips, Tyler!

  • Thank you!  I like how we can create our own work schedule.

    Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. 
    Gordon B. Hinckley

  • Thank you!

  • This was very helpful. Now I have a nice schedule for myself, Thank you!

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