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Maximizing Time and Resources in Online Teaching: Strategies for Faculty 


Teaching online gives you the flexibility to tailor your work schedule according to your preferences. However, it also requires careful time management to create engaging and impactful learning experiences for your students. In this article, we explore strategies that will help you make the most of your time and resources while teaching online.

Establishing a Structured Routine

To effectively manage your time, it’s essential to create a structured routine. Develop a schedule and commit to sticking to it to strike a healthy work-life balance. Set specific work hours for yourself, just like in a traditional classroom setting. While interacting with students online is crucial, remember to set boundaries by establishing regular office hours or specific time slots for student communication. This way, you can provide timely feedback and support without feeling overwhelmed.

Utilizing Digital Tools for Organization

Digital tools will be your best friends in keeping you organized and meeting deadlines. Rely on online calendars, task management apps, and project management tools to track your teaching responsibilities. Prioritize tasks based on urgency and importance and allocate dedicated time slots for each task to become more efficient in managing your time.

Implementing a Staggered Assignment Due Date Plan

To balance your workload effectively, consider using a staggered plan for assignment due dates. Instead of having all weekly assignments due simultaneously across all your courses, spread them out strategically. This approach allows you to dedicate ample time to provide valuable feedback and reduces the burden of grading all assignments at once.

Incorporating Self-Care and Breaks

Teaching online can be demanding, so remember the importance of self-care and taking breaks. Make it a point to engage in physical activities, pursue your hobbies, or disconnect from technology for a while. These breaks will help you recharge, stay focused, and approach your virtual classroom with renewed energy.

Proactive Steps Before the Semester Begins

To set yourself up for effective time management in the online teaching environment, take proactive steps before the semester starts:

  1. Utilize Templates: Make use of templates for various aspects of the course, such as emails and course syllabi, to streamline course preparation and ensure consistent communication with your students.
  2. Leverage Canvas Features: Maximize the features of your learning management system (such as Canvas) by scheduling weekly announcements about assignments and creating a library of frequently used comments for providing feedback. Additionally, always double-check hyperlinks in course materials to ensure a seamless learning experience for your students. Be sure to check out our post “Top 3 Time-Saving Canvas Tools” to learn even more time-saving tools. 
  3. Seek Feedback and Reflect: Embrace a growth mindset and continually seek feedback from your students and colleagues. Utilize a midterm survey to gather feedback in real-time, allowing you to make necessary adjustments to the course.
  4. Engage with Colleagues: Actively participate in discussions with colleagues and attend faculty development offerings. These interactions provide valuable opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from each other’s experiences, ultimately helping you grow as an online educator.
  5. Keep a Teaching Journal: To remain organized and prepared for future course iterations, maintain a teaching journal. This will help you reflect on your pedagogical practices and jot down ideas for improvement.

Teaching online presents its unique set of opportunities and challenges. However, with these effective time management strategies in place, you can confidently deliver exceptional online instruction while efficiently managing your time and resources in the virtual classroom.

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Laura Jackson
CIRT | Assistant Director of Online Course Development