Expand your use of online textbook resources

By Stacey M. Johnson, CFT Assistant Director, Vanderbilt

Edited for McNeese Faculty, Dr. Wendi Prater, Director of eLearning, McNeese State University

For anyone trying to move course content online, it can be challenging to translate what they already do well in a face-to-face classroom into an online classroom environment. The most important thing to consider is how to clearly communicate with students about expectations and course requirements.

Use the online resources that may be available from your course's textbook publisher like Wiley, Pearson, McGraw-Hill and others. Expand your use of the publisher's online textbook resources and other platforms you already have available. Many courses, particularly intro courses and surveys, require a textbook from a publisher that has developed its own online platform. It is possible that you are already using some of these online resources that come with the textbook. If your students are already familiar with the platform and the resources are there, consider expanding your use of these activities in the course. Contact your textbook representative to see what may be possible and to ask if their online platform integrates with McNeese's Moodle site.