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How to Create an Online Class

We've all heard about virtual classes and how the web is revolutionizing distance education. What if we want to get into the game? How can we create ...

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Create an Online Class

We've all heard about virtual classes and how the web is revolutionizing distance education. What if we want to get into the game? How can we create and administrate a virtual class? If you're a teacher (or want to be) and you've asked these questions, keep reading and try these steps.

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    Familiarize yourself with the Internet if you haven't already, and learn a little about how it works. Although it seems silly, many of us don't have a formal understanding of what makes the Internet go. Many of us began life in an age before the existence of computers, Internet, or cell phones. Now, we'll need this training to take advantage of all the Internet can offer.
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    Learn about all that can be transmitted through the web. Although the Internet is incredibly versatile, there are certain factors to take into account.
    • Copyright. Verify that the material that you want to upload is legal. Copyright laws vary from country to country even when they have to do with education. Illustrations, PDF files, and tests you may be using are very likely to belong to somebody else if you didn't design them yourself. Make sure you have the right to use them and to republish them.
    • Compatibility and efficiency. Keep in mind that not all of the material you have can be uploaded to the web. If the material that you contribute as a teacher will help your students improve their abilities, keep in mind the ease with which you will be able to upload these elements to your site.
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    Choose a good host for your website. A virtual class is basically a web page adapted for that purpose. There are servers that provide free space. If you can arrange with the place where you teach to host the site on their server, you will save yourself more than a headache and some money.
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    Choose the software you will use. There is plenty of commercial and free software suited to your purposes. This will depend on what area you are trying to teach. Look for software that will let you include forums, chat, and a wiki all in one. This way, your students need not hop from site to site.
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    Make sure that your students have a secure and effective way to interact with you. Understand that you are the person responsible for the course and that the students will need you anytime they have a question. Create help pages detailing all the important processes regarding homework and how to turn it in. Provide concise, to-the-point information about what you want from them

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  • Note the target audience for this class. Do they have the necessary background to use the software? How long will it take them to learn the software you chose?
  • Get advice. If this is the first time you've tried to implement an online class and you don't have the necessary knowledge, look for help online. There are many places where you can collaborate with other teachers and ask about what you want to know. In your own institution, look for people familiar with the internet. They might not know your particular educational software, but they will certainly give you a better idea of what the Internet can do for your class.
  • Realize that the limitations you'll encounter in a virtual setting are different than what you'll encounter in a normal class. Virtual classes tend to be more oriented around completing certain tasks. Interaction between students can be managed through chat sessions of forums designed for this purpose.
  • If you would like to share your class with the world, with online instruction that people can follow at their own pace, consider contributing to Wikibooks, Wikiversity, or wikiHow.

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  • Be careful of forged user accounts. Even if you can give personal passwords to your students, you can't be sure that they're not using the fact that you can't see them in your favor. Try to arrange things so that only the student responsible for a given assignment can complete it.
  • Review your students' work by pasting a bit of their text in google. This way, you can tell whether they have plagiarized the assignment. Given how easy it is to copy and paste information, it's better to be sure.

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