Short-term, online courses are intimidating, both to the student and the instructor. Saying yes to taking or teaching this type of course requires a certain amount of bravery, hope, and fortitude. These brave souls often approach the short-term, online course with one seemingly simple desire: to keep their heads above water. Instructors of these courses are forced to make tough decisions regarding what content to present and how it should be presented. Efficiency is everything. In the decisions we make about course design and in the practices we rely on to reach our students intellectually, we are gifted with many undercover opportunities to reach students socially and to encourage the growth of community while also alleviating some short-term course stress and anxiety. In this collaborative session, we will explore time-efficient strategies that allow us to streamline the learning environment while simultaneously building community and encouraging SLO achievement.
• Identify barriers to success in short term, online courses.
• Discover time-efficient practices that integrate community building with SLO achievement.
• Develop a “Step 1” personal plan of action to streamline short-term courses while also fostering community-building.