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Choosing Materials

There are certainly more types of materials and formats available to use in online teaching than in F2F teaching. It is best to use many of these when presenting information online. Variety works well. You may need to include instructions for students on how to use some of formats and you should always consider cost to students as well as differences in student technical expertise. Some instructors have actually mailed materials as "on loan" to students for the semester, to be mailed back at the end.

For more on materials and formats, see Content and Multimedia

Man Holding Books
  • Best if visual and organized into workable sections
  • Online e-books are available - less expensive, but not as portable - also reading large amounts of text online can be tiring (smart phones, and e-book readers may change this - see sidebar)
  • Consider using no textbook at all
CD in Laptop
  • Publisher content can be included as less expensive bundles with textbooks
  • CD/DVDs can contain extra videos, presentations, labs
Man at Computer with Notebook
  • Streaming allows instant viewing with download lag
  • mp4 is the most common format for video (see Multimedia)
  • Add graphics, audio narration, and video (see Content)
  • Use free "flowgram" programs for interactive Web presentations (see Programs/Applications for information)
  • For ways to reduce file size, see sidebar in Content
Graphics and Animation
  • Use a digital camera or royalty-free clipart
  • Develop you own animations using Flash or other programs (see Multimedia)
  • Add narration to even still photos, diagrams, charts, or graphs for effect
Podcasts (Vodcasts)
and more ("mobile learning:)
  • Mp3 audio or Mp4 video (depending on model)
  • Can also use smartphones
  • Example of publisher content using the video iPod: Go Chemistry
  • Various programs allow you to make interactive crossword puzzles, games, flashcards (see Useful Resources)
  • Drag and drop for matching-type exercises (Flash, Director, or Dreamweaver could easily create these - see Programs/Applications)
Web Links
Web Links
  • Newspapers, journals, academic departments online (see Useful Resources)
  • Can even be viewed on newer smartphones
  • Video with tips to help your students conduct quality research
  • Give assignments to students involving local or college libraries
Test Tubes
  • Use simulated, online, or at-home lab exercises - "dry" labs (see sidebar for links and examples)
Video Conferencing Photo

Conferencing, Webcasting

  • Two-way video and audio for live virtual classrooms
  • Students need a connected camera and microphone (webcam, headset)
  •  CCC Confer - Free video conferencing and webinar software for all California Community Colleges
  • For a list of conferencing solutions see Useful Resources
  • Phone conferencing is another option
Last Updated: 05/08/2018

In Focus

Test TubesE-BOOKS>
Examples and links showing off a new way to read books.
Links to some online lab programs and simulations.
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