August 19, 2020

Balancing Accountability and Flexibility in Asynchronous Online Courses

Room: ESLC 046

Abstract

Students choose to take online courses for a variety of reasons, one being the increased flexibility that online courses provide. One of the challenges of a large, asynchronous online course is how to balance requiring accountability from students while also providing much needed flexibility. In this session, I will discuss strategies implemented from my participation in an ACUE course on effective online teaching as well as from the book Empowered at a Distance that help to incorporate both structure and flexibility in an online course. This session will include my lessons learned in modifying my courses over the years and will include suggestions for how to establish expectations and boundaries; how to provide opportunities that encourage self-reflection; and how to include strategies that allow for flexibility without also encouraging procrastination.

*Participants will learn how to balance accountability and flexibility in an online course, including how to establish expectations and boundaries
*Participants will learn how to provide opportunities that encourage self-reflection.
*Participants will learn how to include strategies that allow for flexibility without also encouraging procrastination.


Lisa GabbertMissy Kofoed

Lecturer

Missy Kofoed has been a Lecturer in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department on the Logan campus since 2018. She teaches a variety of online and face-to-face courses including general chemistry, introductory chemistry and introductory biochemistry.