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Online Courses

A fully online class is an online course offering in which all class contact is delivered in an online environment. This does not preclude any face-to-face meetings for activities such as orientation, special in-class presentations, exams, or other in- class proofs of competency and identity.

Online Courses (81-100% online):

Advantages Challenges
  • Convenient for out-of-state students
  • One type of learning modality (electronic delivery) for students to manage
  • Reduced student commute time/resources needed to go to classes
  • Increased course offerings without increased classroom space
  • Less need to worry about scheduling classroom space
  • Student authentication more difficult to establish
  • Problems with technology harder to handle for students with no online learning experience
  • More challenging to achieve deep or meaningful connections

The Online Classroom: 

At Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC), online courses are fully asynchronous. To enjoy a more fulfilling and interactive online teaching experience, where your students stay actively engaged throughout your online courses, try implementing these strategies.

Cultivate higher-level thinking skills with the following tools:

  • Audio and/or visual content
  • Projects: Encourage students to get up, go out, and collect practical skills
  • Simulations
  • Reality–based scenarios
  • Interactivity
  • Games
  • Graphic novels
  • Video: face-to-face
  • Timely participation: Set multiple deadlines for a module

Source: Hennington, 2022

  • Create smaller groups of students for the course duration.
  • Create new leaders for each discussion board. Have these leaders develop relevant questions and lead the discussion.
  • Select mediators to keep discussions moving and intervene in heated entries.
  • Engage in discussions to demonstrate interest in student contributions, pose questions, and suggest areas to explore.
  • Employ audio in addition to text.
  • Use videos such as TED Talks, YouTube or create your own

Source: Hennington, 2022

  • Urge students to share experiences and perspectives in and out of the discussion board.
  • Set a few shared tasks.
  • Identify and praise collaboration efforts.

Source: Hennington, 2022

  • Respond to issues/problems quickly.
  • Provide opportunities for optional synchronous (real-time) online meetings outside of the online classroom.
  • Address challenges to understanding and engagement with tailored materials.
  • Allow students to get a sense of you by bringing your personality into the course.
  • Model the engagement you wish to see.

More Resources

Instructors must use eClass as a primary tool to deliver online courses.

Required Training

All faculty at MSMC must be proficient in the learning management system, regardless of course modality. Basic proficiency is achieved through one-time participation in eClass Basics for Faculty. Faculty must also maintain a certification to teach online, which is achieved by participating in the Training to Teach Online (TTOL). This certification must be renewed every three years in order to continue teaching in this modality.

Use of Other Instructional Tools

Instructors may supplement eClass with additional resources such as publisher tools, other web tools, etc. However, the instructor remains responsible for providing technical and/or learning support to their students for any external platforms/resources. The Office of Digital Learning be responsible for providing support to faculty and/or students for technical resources beyond eClass, per the Distance Education Policy. If a faculty member employs an alternative website or resource, they must be aware that the Office of Digital Learning cannot provide evidence that a student has attended or participated as directed by the instructor. This kind of report can be provided in eClass, but cannot be provided for resources outside of it.

There are a number of software solutions for holding office hours online. At MSMC, Zoom is a supported synchronous meeting tool, which can be integrated with eClass. It should be noted that the IT Support Center establishes Zoom accounts for MSMC instructors and provides further support for the tool.

Full Zoom Training Playlist (Video Playlist, times vary)