Setting the Tone and Building Community

Once the instructional design is complete, an instructor if far from done! Setting the stage for an effective class often happens at the very beginning of the course. As Dr. Kay Lehmann and Lisa Chamberlin aptly point out, the 70/30 rule applies very specifically to the opening activities for students. Getting off the ground on the right foot will help me build healthy and effective online classrooms. The 70/30 rule is that 70% of the work in an online course happens in the first few weeks of the course. During that time, student will receive welcome messages, read the syllabus, participate in community building activities, and become acquainted with the course and syllabus. This is also the time that an instructor may wish to perform a Pre-Course survey, as a means to assess students and prepare to offer differentiated instruction where needed.