Resources for Teaching Writing Online
Lots of great tips and resources here.
From the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE):
- The Just In Time Hub is a gateway to various resources, including those below as well as excellent written materials to help you think through course conversion/migration; GSOLE will be updating with other materials on the fly: www.glosole.org/justintime.html
- Just Ask GSOLE provides a direct link to discussion forums moderated by GSOLE online writing/literacy instruction experts who can answer your specific questions: www.glosole.org/justaskgsole.html
- Walk-In Webinars is a direct link to live Zoom sessions hosted by GSOLE members; the schedule of facilitators is listed there along with specific topics: www.glosole.org/walkinwebinars.html
Tips from Sara Webb-Sunderhaus, Miami of Ohio
Webb-Sunderhaus draws on her long experience teaching writing online to offer some specific tips for teaching online (e.g. boundaries around email responses, using audio responses) to manage a sudden transition. It’s a nice combination of comforting and practical.
Online Writing Lab (OWL) from Purdue
Books on Online Writing Instruction, from the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Clearinghouse
General Online Teaching Resources for Quick Transitions
Inside Higher Ed, “Preparing to Move Online Quickly”: This article emphasizes principles (like “Standardize, templatize, systematize”) to simplify focus in the rush to move courses online
Chronicle of Higher Ed, “How to Teach Online”: If you’ve never taught online, this article may be a useful introduction to some basics and some myths
Teaching Online with Email and a Phone: The article actually mentions a few more tools than phone and email, but it’s a very stripped-down look at how to think about connecting with students.
Stanford University’s “Teaching Effectively During Time of Disruption”: this document lays out various tech possibilities and pedagogical scenarios. While some of it references Stanford’s context, its advice is generally useful anywhere
HASTAC’s compilation of moving-online-quickly resources: This compilation of resources includes specific technology suggestions, but more importantly guides our thinking in triaging course elements to emphasize first in a remote environment.
Steven D. Krause’s Help! I Suddenly Have to Teach Online!: Krause, who’s been teaching online for years, boils his advice down to: “You’re going to have to muddle through as best you can...Being required to move everything online in the middle of the semester in 72 or so hours is not online teaching. This is a lifeboat, a means of getting everyone safe and sound to the end term.” This page guides us to keep things simple, to ask for help from students and colleagues as well as faculty development offices. He discusses specific strategies, but mostly has excellent thoughts on how to approach a sudden shift.
Portland State University’s Remote Exam Kit: While some of this page references PSU’s course management system, the principles here will help you think through exam options
UT El Paso’s Center for Instructional Design’s Transitioning to Remote Teaching provides guidelines particularly for faculty unfamiliar with online teaching and learning.
A good catalog of problematic issues your students may face that are specific to this crisis, and an argument for not doing an amazing job in this quick transition/emergency basis.