April 11, 2019
welcome on chalkboard

If you have an online course, you probably have some kind of "Getting to Know You" activity in week 1. If you're feeling a little bit bored by yours, it may be time to spice it up - especially if the students are in a cohort program and you're the only one who doesn't already know everyone else. 

In this week's episode, I share a few ideas for Week 1 activities that will help get the semester or trimester off to a smooth start. In my courses, I want an activity that:

  1. Feels compelling to both me and the students, 
  2. Has a low threshold for success so that students can start off the trimester on a positive note, and  
  3. Helps everyone to feel welcome and seen.

If it can also help them practice skills that they'll need later in the course, then all the better :).

One thing I forgot to mention in the episode is that it's always nice for you to complete the welcome activity as well. For example, if you are asking them to post pictures of where they work, you can also share a picture of your own desk or work-space. (I don't always remember to do this, but I hereby resolve to do so next trimester!)

If you have other creative ideas that have worked in your courses, I'd love to hear about them. Please share below.

Resources Mentioned

  • FlipGrid can be used to facilitate short video introductions
  • An online map such as ZeeMaps helps to see where everyone is. 

Episode 12: Ideas for "Getting to Know You" in Week 1 of Your Online Course

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About Camille Freeman, DCN, RH (she/her)

Hi there! I'm a clinical herbalist and nutritionist specializing in fertility and menstrual health. I run the Monday Mentoring community of practice and also offer continuing education programs for practicing herbalists and nutritionists (Check out this year's Deep Dive!). I'm also a former professor with the Maryland University of Integrative Health, where I taught physiology, pathophysiology, and mindful eating for 17 years. 

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