How do I facilitate a course properly?
Running a course on OpenLearning requires dedication and time investment. As a facilitator, you should check in often to make sure the course is running smoothly and to connect with your students.
A lack of attention towards your course can cause major problems for your students down the line. Here are some tips to make sure your course continues to run smoothly after launch:
Keeping a proper rapport with your students is key to keeping them engaged with your course. Send announcements regularly to notify your students of the current course schedule, updates, related opportunities or any other relevant details.
Send Reminder Messages
Course admins and facilitators can send a pre-defined reminder message to selected students. Reminder messages are great for nudging students who might not have made any progress for a while.
To send a reminder, go to Administer Students > Students and tick the box next to the selected student name(s). Then, click Send Reminder Message.
Check the Comments
Be sure to check in periodically to see if your students have left you any questions in the course comments as well. Although they may come to OpenLearning support with their technical and platform issues, we cannot assist them with course-specific queries.
Allow Direct Messages
Make sure that direct messages are turned on in your notification settings as well. Sometimes students will use this method to contact you with questions. It would also be wise to advise your students to keep their direct messages open in case you need to contact them regarding their work in your course.
Set Up Pre-Enrolment Questions
Occasionally, there will be a case where you cannot get in direct contact with a student. When this happens, OpenLearning support cannot give you their email address or other contact info. However, you can avoid this by setting up pre-enrolment questions and having students provide their contact info at the start of the course.
Check Your E-Mail
Make sure the e-mail you've registered to OpenLearning with is one you will check frequently. Any notifications you've opted to receive will be sent here, like comments made within your courses. This is also where OpenLearning support will contact you with any relevant or urgent matters regarding your courses or account.
Check In Often!
Although OpenLearning's teaching philosophy believes in a student-centred learning approach as opposed to one centred around a single teacher, facilitation is still necessary to make sure your students can keep moving forward and that your course continues to run smoothly and efficiently.