The demands of teaching an online course doesn’t have to leave you feeling overwhelmed. In an eLearning Industry article, Dr. Liz Hardy suggested a few easy steps to help replace the feeling of constant pressure with a calmer, zen-like mindset that will make teaching online easier and more enjoyable. Dr. Hardy’s suggestions are:
Define “urgent”. As you look through your To Do list, determine which items need your immediate attention and which items can be taken care of further down on the list.
Explain your standard time frames. Set expectations for your students so they know what your communications and assignment turnaround policies are.
Come out of the tunnel. When you’ve spent a long time on a task, take a moment to step away from the task at hand. This can help to rejuvenate and recharge you.
Create a sense of achievement. Your morale gets a boost when you can check items off your To Do list. These time management strategies may be able to help.
Revisit your positive feedback. Revisit compliments and positive comments that you’ve received to help lift your spirits.
For more information, read Dr. Hardy’s article Zen and the Art of Teaching Online.