Thinking about how to go about converting your face-to-face course into an online class for the upcoming semester? Don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! This prep guide will help you to take some “bite sized” steps toward transitioning your course online. In addition to resources, there are several opportunities to get more support: including one-on-one conversations with CTL consultants, synchronous workshops, and asynchronous opportunities to engage with your colleagues at Baruch.
While many of us have great models of teaching to draw on from our time as students in face-to-face classrooms, the same is not necessarily true for the classroom online. Many of us who are teaching online for the first time have never taken a class as a distance learner. With the exception of our instructors who are also currently students, most of us have never taught or learned online during a global pandemic.
We recommend that you start preparing at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the semester, to give yourself plenty of time to rethink everything from learning goals to class activities to assessment to how you will communicate with students. Converting your course to an online environment can be overwhelming and stressful. We get it. We hope that this guide will make it a less stressful process.
Here’s a video introduction of the guide.
Please note that this is a suggested timeline, and an example for your reference. We recommend starting with Week 1, or you may choose whatever topic interests you most:
Alternatively, you may follow Professor Virginia Woolf on her journey toward preparing a course for online teaching. Follow the story as it unfolds week-by-week:
Follow the link below for answers to some frequently asked questions about online teaching at Baruch College:
This guide was produced by the Baruch Center for Teaching & Learning. Content contributors include Lindsey Albracht, Tamara Gubernat, Hamad Sindhi, Seth Graves, Ron Whiteman, and Allison Lehr-Samuels. Video production by Seth Graves and Ron Whiteman. Virginia Woolf Teaches Online designed and produced by Katherine Tsan. Additional thanks to Pamela Thielman, Christopher Silsby, Craig Stone, and Alfred Waller for review and support.
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