During the Spring of 2018, my administration asked me to offer the College’s first fully-online science lab course so that our students enrolled in the online degree programs could complete the lab science course requirement. I have to assume that before my course, these students either had to attend the physical classroom or get a course substitution.
Let’s be honest; most of us judge a book by its cover. Similarly, students will have a reaction to the look and feel of our online courses. Most learning management systems have themes, an option to add a banner, and other colors choices to offer instructors some customization. I use pre-made themes and then further customize colors to create a distinctive look. Perhaps other instructors are doing the same exact thing! (Are you using a Confetti theme right now in one of your online classes and also changed the text color to a shade of purple for the left sidebar?) I now add Adobe Spark pages among other online tools to my course (more on this below) to decorate a bit further ensuring that when a student logs on to my course website, it will be a distinct experience.