Online Success Checklist for Educators

Use this checklist to think about your student’s strengths and needs. Resources are available for some items, or click on the heading for more information.

How to Get Ready for an Online Class

  • I have confirmed with my students individually that they have a dedicated workspace, and if not, I will help them to identify a workspace for their on-line learning.
  • I am clear on the expectations the school has for my students regarding participation, engagement, and assignment completion. 
  • I have checked to make sure my students have the needed technology, applications, and other resources to complete their work. If needed, I can connect my students on where to access these resources.
  • I have identified any potential challenges the students may have, especially if participating in the course from home, and have taken those into consideration in my planning. Examples internet access, multiple internet users in the home, parents/guardians at work, the student is responsible for the care of siblings, increased financial hardship or responsibilities for the student, etc.

How to Get Things Done

  • I have provided a resource (paper or link) that students/parents/families can refer back to for directions and help.
  • I have reviewed the course schedule (syllabus) and pacing guide with my students.
  • I have planned for intentional teaching of the organizational and time management skills needed and can modify this for my specific student group/class.
  • I have answered all questions from every student and/or made referrals to someone who will provide the needed support(s).

How To Work with Others during an Online Class

  • I have confirmed the best method of communication with my student’s parent/guardian and have reviewed with my student how and when to get help.

How to Thrive (Survive) in an Online Class

  • I can explore the supports I need to function at my best.
  • I can create an environment of compassion and resilience.

Supporting Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health (SEBH)

  • I use positive, proactive social-emotional-behavioral practices integrated in all my instruction and classes. 
  • Relationships are the foundation of my instructional interactions with students.
  • I can recognize and I actively check for serious problems my students may be facing.
  • I recognize the importance of my own social-emotional health and I actively take care of myself.

Iowa students discuss online learning and the benefits in the videos below