Episode 22: 5 Ways to Help Students Succeed in Online Courses with Holly Owens

lecture breakers podcast 5 ways to help students succeed in online courses with barbi honeycutt and holly owens


In this week’s episode of the Lecture Breakers podcast, our guest is Holly Owens. She is an instructional designer focused on supporting educators who teach online. I think you'll be able to tell just how passionate she is about her work and how much she enjoys helping instructors create effective and engaging online learning experiences for students.

In this episode, Holly shares 5 recommendations for helping students succeed in online courses. A few things you'll learn:

  • How to make online learning a positive and engaging experience for you and your students.

  • What instructional designers do and how they can help you design effective online courses and learning experiences.

  • Strategies to keep students engaged online throughout the semester.

  • Why you should consider using rubrics in your online courses.

  • Why you shouldn't wait until the end of the semester to get student feedback about the course.

  • An easy 3-minute mid-semester evaluation strategy to try in your course.

  • Tech tools that go beyond discussion forums.

Show Notes:

  • Read Holly's blog post 7 Not-So-Common Reasons Why I LOVE Teaching Online
  • Read my blog post about the Start, Stop, Continue mid-semester feedback strategy.
  • If you don't have an instructional designer on your campus (or if you do, but you want more ideas!), check out the virtual instructional design services offered through The Online Learning Toolkit.* Lecture Breakers listeners get a 1-year subscription for $40 (20% Discount). Use code: LECTUREBREAKERS20 

  • Try Glogster if you want to add virtual posters to your online course.
  • Learn more about VoiceThread as an alternative to text-focused discussion forums.
  • Check out the Online Learning Consortium for more resources and support for teaching online.

  • Learn more about Educause and the resources available to educators who teach online. 
  • Check out EdSurge for more online teaching and learning resources and ideas.
  • Stay up-to-date by reading the latest articles from Inside Higher Ed

  • Browse TED Talks and add a few to your online course.
  • Email Holly at howens27@gmail.com
  • Connect with Holly on LinkedIn

  • Connect with Holly on Twitter @ ihollyo
  • Connect with Holly on Instagram @jolly_hollyllc
  • Learn more about Holly's business Jolly Holly Ed Services (coming soon) at jollyholly.me

  • Join the free private Lecture Breakers Facebook group!
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