Monday, January 17, 2011

Time Management Strategies for Online Instructors

Kay Lehmann and Lisa Chamberlin the outstanding online instructors  who teach the University of Wisconsin Stout's Creating Collaborative Communities in E-learning, created a one-stop page for advice and tips on: Time Management Strategies for Online Instructors.  

Kay and Lisa are also the authors of How to Be a Great Online Teacher and Making the Move to eLearning: Putting Your Course Online.

You know the old joke: Those that really need time management help are too busy to find it!   It's sad but true.  Teaching online is a lot like juggling.  You have to keep so many technologies, ideas, students, and deadlines in the air at once that sometimes just a momentary lapse of concentration can knock you flat.

Here's the short list of time management topics covered:
  • Handle it once   
  • Respond to student questions efficiently
  • Billable hours
  • Organize the discussion forums
  • Get organized
  • Use the right tools
  • Stay focused
  • Work smarter, not harder at grading
  • Know thyself   
  • Use a quiz or scavenger hunt
  • Establish email and file naming protocols
Kay and Lisa's advice will help any online instructor (or online student) improve their coordination and get more from their e-learning experiences. 

Stay in touch with Kay and Lisa's thinking on Twitter: