How to Be an Effective Online Professor

If you've decided to take the leap and become an effective online professor, but you don't know where to start, this article might get you in the place you want to be. Just follow the 7 steps bellow to get started.


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    Find out what the instructions and requirements your university specifies for online classes. No matter how much anyone tells you, or how good your online class is, you won't stand a chance of succeeding unless you follow their rules.
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    Understand what is the precise difference between something that is designed or predesigned? What, effectively, is the difference between a precut lunch and a cut lunch? Beware the prefix "pre-". xxxx
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    Design course materials just as if these were in a class. Your students will thank you for them, and you will get fewer emails about "What am I supposed to study?" PowerPoint lectures are a favorite of students in online classes.
    • Example: less/fewer = fewer can be counted, less can't; so, fewer students, fewer emails but less petrol, less sand. xxxx
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    Prepare weekly assignments. This will ensure that your students are "forced" to check in once a week.
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    Make a discussion board. Students will post answers to your questions here. Go above and beyond and respond to that said discussion board -- your students will be surprised and smile
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    Email students who haven't turned in their work and politely remind them that it is due.
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    Send out an email reminder before exams. This gives students no out for saying "oh, I didn't know it was that time
    • You are finally ready to begin. It's just like any other class. It takes time. But if you're good with a computer, you're good to go.


  • Handing out limited papers and more multiple-choice tests is a great way to avoid grading too much.
  • Respond to student emails promptly. Check your email 2-3 times a week, at least. This will help prevent crises.
  • Create PowerPoint presentations for your students. This will help supplement your lecture that they would have had if they were in class, and will help them narrow down exactly "What on earth is it that I should be studying?"
  • Add motivational quotes. This gives the something else to look forward to.
  • Grade and return assignments as fast as you can.
  • Create a final exam review guide. Better yet, create a review guide for all your exams.
  • Use videos and additional review material to make your class stand out.


  • Not responding to email on time may result in students emailing again and again.
  • Have firm deadlines for projects. Decide before the class if you accept work late.

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