Hi, and welcome to my first blog post. Although I have taught for a few years, this is the first time I am teaching an online high school course. I am teaching a one-semester Psychology class to juniors and seniors from three neighboring school districts. I was a bit skeptical at first, but after taking 18 online graduate courses through a variety of institutions, I began to see the increasing significance of learning online. To provide you with some insight, I will give you a brief summary of my experience developing and teaching this course.
Thankfully, I was lucky enough to be the educator assigned to create the curriculum for our consortium’s first Psychology course. Building the curriculum was time-consuming, but easy to navigate and organize. My experience taking online graduate courses helped me to recognize a few important things about teaching my first online course.
After completing the curriculum development, it was time to play school. I only have 12 students in the course, and I’m grateful for that so I can test the waters. I’ve made numerous revisions to the content and provided two survey opportunities for students to offer me feedback on the routine and expectations of coursework. Stay tuned for my next post, when I sort through the challenges of the semester and revisions that were necessary to improve the course.