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Learning to Teach Online


Teaching Sociology Volume 36, Number 1, ISSN 0092-055X


The demand for online courses is growing. This paper offers suggestions on how to teach online courses that promote student engagement and learning. We discuss the benefits and challenges of teaching online. We share research-based strategies for designing an online course and draw upon our experience of developing fully online sociology courses. Practical suggestions include preparing students, promoting learning through the discussion board, managing communication, incorporating multimedia, and evaluating the course. Recommendations for modifying teaching strategies for the online environment are also included. Student comments from anonymous surveys convey the student perspective about taking online courses. Developing an online class is possible with early planning and an awareness of how to engage students. (Contains 3 footnotes.)


Clark-Ibanez, M. & Scott, L. (2008). Learning to Teach Online. Teaching Sociology, 36(1), 34-41. Retrieved October 7, 2022 from .

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