When it comes to the implementation of online programs, there are three components to consider:
- Learning location: Where are your students learning? At home, in a dorm, at school, at another location or a mixture of these locations? As a teacher, it is important to take into account the possibilities and possible consequences of that location. Are there more distractions or is it difficult to work with a specific format? Don’t forget to take into consideration how to handle your students’ (and your own) privacy when working from home.
- Role and presence of the facilitator(s): Your role and presence might be different, depending on the teaching method (online/offline/combination) and the location. With all online elements, it is essential to have an online presence as a teacher, ensure sufficient technical support, and manage expectations.
- Student interaction: There are three types of student interaction that should be considered in the (re)design of any learning experience: Student-content interaction, student-instructor interaction, and student-student interaction. In general, higher levels of student interaction lead to better results, but only when it is relevant and contributes to the learning experience. Take some time to explore how you would like to integrate these types of interaction.