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How can activities support student learning online?

One of the most challenging, yet interesting pieces to think about is what students actually do in online classes. While some things can be partially recreated in Zoom—the discussion session, the lecture, the breakout rooms—many instructors will notice that classes online don't feel the same. An in-person class taught online, is very different from a class designed to be taught online.

The more that we can think about how online learning presents new opportunities for new learning situations, the more that we can design engaging teaching experiences for everyone. This section takes you into the nitty-gritty to help you plan your lessons. 

  • Rethinking Online Assignments: Because online learning can be different from face-to-face learning, it is important to adapt your assignments when moving online. These recommendations will help to assure your online assignments are effective.
  • Balance Synchronous and Asynchronous Activities: Consider when it may be beneficial to use learning activities that happen synchronously in real-time and when to use activities that students complete asynchronously at their own pace. 
  • Engaging Activities. This page includes a number of engaging activity ideas that may inspire your thinking on ways to get students to learn actively.