In this episode, Dr. Rob McDole and Jared Pyles discuss instructional management and the importance of building mutual respect in your course. Check out this episode to hear the foundational principles and recommendations on how to apply them with your students.
Instructional management involves all of the variables that make up a learning environment. A foundational principle is that instructors and students need to treat one another with respect. Instructors can demonstrate that respect by setting and maintaining clear expectations early. This can be done through setting the foundation (policies and procedures of your class) and adhering to that. The responsibility of the student is to honor those expectations.
Another important aspect of instructional management is student engagement. Learn about your students—a simple survey can reveal who they are as well as their strengths and weaknesses. Create an environment where your students are willing to share without fear of failure or embarrassment. You can do this by making personal connections and through encouraging feedback.
Finally, effective instructional management may require elements of your course to change based on modality. For example, some face-to-face course policies and procedures (such as late policies) may not work in an online or hybrid environment.
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