Although participating in some of these activities is challenging for students in other time zones, they understand these are required activities and full participation is a condition of enrolment.

Trinh’s committed to delivering learner-centred courses, whether taught F2F, online or blended. But this course - and its over 150 student enrolments - is challenging for her to manage. There are no resources for hiring a teaching assistant or another instructor: Trinh meets half of her entire annual teaching workload requirement by teaching this by herself once per academic year.

 

Email in particular can be onerous: on some mornings she finds dozens of messages. Some of these

come to her university email address; others to her Blackboard email. She even gets student

questions as comments to her blog and on Twitter! Were this a F2F course, she would set up office hours - but that’s not an option in an online course, is it?

What would you suggest Trinh do to manage the communications workload for her course?

Trinh is an associate professor in museum studies at a comprehensive university. She has delivered an innovative introductory online course on museology; in fact, students enrolled at universities in

 

New Zealand, South Africa, and Finland all take her course. The course is delivered via Blackboard Learn, and features a range of multimedia educational artifacts, and guest lectures delivered via live streaming.

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Divide into smaller groups leveraging BB features to create a Co-teaching & learning community?

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Groups & Forum Activities

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Set communication, community, participation rules & expectations

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