My Online Teaching Experience: Maintaining Student Expectations and Engagement in a Virtual World

Summer Success Stories webinar series

In this session, I would like to share my recent experience in transitioning from face-to-face traditional teaching, which I love, to an online platform. Many of us had to quickly adapt to a major upheaval in the way we deliver lectures, assess student performance, and keep them engaged without our physical presence. To my surprise, I was able to retain close to 100% attendance and engagement in my online delivery to a class of 170 students. While I am used to getting excellent SRI ratings for my in-person teaching, I was pleasantly surprised to get an equally good rating for my online delivery with comments from students like: “… has done a terrific job … handled the transition to online delivery really well. … way of teaching is amazing”.

So, what did I do right? I believe there is no magic bullet for successful transitioning to online delivery, but it is a package that consists of our careful preparation, enthusiastic delivery and engagement, and showing a caring attitude towards our students even in a virtual world. I will share some simple strategies that have worked for me, including online assessment techniques that have not only maintained good integrity but also made it a pleasant experience for the students.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Srini Sampalli is a Professor and National 3M Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, and brings with him 25 years of teaching and research experience in computer science, with specialization in cyber security and wireless technologies.  Deeply passionate about teaching and sharing knowledge, Srini’s primary joy is in inspiring and motivating students. Srini has received the Dalhousie Faculty of Science Teaching Excellence award, the Dalhousie Alumni Association Teaching award, and the Association of Atlantic Universities' Distinguished Teacher Award, a named teaching award instituted by the students of his Faculty, the Outstanding Educator Award by the IEEE Canada Atlantic Section, and the National 3M Teaching Fellowship. Since September 2016, he holds the honorary position of the Vice President (Canada), of the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows (IFNTF).

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