A Combination of Robust Course Design, Timely Feedback, and Flexibility for Dealing with Emergency Situations
Abstract: As a result of the novel coronavirus disease outbreak in the US in March 2020, many US higher education institutions required instructors to move all their courses online. In fall 2020, many courses were still required to be offered online to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. In this study, we aim to share our experience in teaching an online graduate level course before the coronavirus disease outbreak, in the early stage of the disease outbreak, and in the later stage of the disease outbreak. We suggest that when an online course is well-structured to create a meaningful learning environment and the instructor provides timely feedback to the students as well as appropriate flexibility of assignment deadlines, students’ learning experiences are likely to remain the same regardless of the emergency situation and the stage of the emergency situation.