An excellent post:
12 Things You Should Never Do When You Teach Online
“1. Do NOT Design Your Online Classroom like an Obstacle Course
2. Do NOT Design Assessments That Are Guaranteed to Fail
3. Do NOT Minimize Student Choice or Punish Student Interaction
4. Do NOT Refuse to Answer Students’ Questions
5. Do NOT Make Your Students Feel Unwelcome in Your Classroom
So, here are some more things you shouldn’t do if you want everybody to feel welcome:
- Do NOT develop long lists of rules for the classroom that restrict the ways in which your students can interact with you and the other folks in the class unnecessarily.
- Do NOT turn off the chat box in the live class.
- Do NOT forget to set up a sharing forum or introduction discussion on the Coursefeed or in a forum on your Moodle or elsewhere on a social media site.
- Do NOT forget to include a slide welcoming them in the Virtual Classroom or the class will launch and all they’ll see is a blank screen.
- Do NOT be late to your own virtual class if you can possibly avoid it and especially if you do not have a welcoming slide.
- Do NOT forget to say hello to the latecomers even if the speed at which your chat box flies by requires that you issue a periodic generic “hello” to the late arrivals.
- Do NOT answer the folks who can’t hear you in the Virtual Classroom by talking instead of typing into the chat box because if you’re trying to tell them how to fix their problem verbally, well, uh, they can’t hear you.
- Do NOT grump at your students in public.
- And finally, as a wise Dean of Faculty once told me, when you have to criticize your students, do NOT fail to construct your criticism like a kind-hearted “sandwich” of feedback, that is, by preceding the correction or criticism with authentic praise and following it up with encouragement.
6. Do NOT Be Absent from Your Online Classroom
7. Do NOT Monopolize the Conversation
8. Do NOT Ignore the Stragglers
9. Do NOT Drop Your Guest Speakers or Your Student Presenters Off the Deep End
The Final Three Pitfalls
10. Do NOT Ignore Feedback on Your Performance
11. Do NOT Assume Your Content Knowledge Needs No Refreshing
12. Do NOT Assume You Have Nothing to Learn from Some More Online Teacher Training”