Burnout and Online Instruction: Tips to Revive Your E-Classroom and Yourself
Create a more “affective” and diverse environment using audio discussions
Collaborate: form a learning community, working together across disciplines
Establish boundaries, but keep your social presence: clearly announce when you will be online and how frequently you will communicate with students
Include informal, non-graded assignments to stimulate discussion and increase learning comprehension – this can reduce the amount of grading you have to do, but increases students connections to content.
Take a break! Move away from your computer; take weekends off.
Use resources available to help you. Find out what is available to you from your chair.
Simplify, simplify, simplify.
Don’t try to do everything at once. Take one step at a time. Incorporate one new tool at a time.
by Jody Oomen Early, PdD., MS, CHES Department of Health Studies, Texas Woman’s University. From Online Classroom, January 2009.