Burnout and Online Instruction

Burnout and Online Instruction: Tips to Revive Your E-Classroom and Yourself
by Jody Oomen Early, PdD., MS, CHES Department of Health Studies, Texas Woman’s University. From Online Classroom, January 2009.

  • 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.
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