Thanks for the encouragement. I am a f2f teacher switching to online, and I certainly have some fears. I did my first Elluminate session today and it was so cool. I worry about making mistakes with my first course, though. I'm wondering how long it will take to get into a natural swing of things.
I started this discussion thread over two years ago. Thrilled to see it is still helping people.
As I was skimming through the prior comments one thing stood out to me that is so important and that is communication. Being able to communicate with our students in a variety of ways is so important. While much of our communication with students is asynchronous it is important to talk with them in real time as well. If you have access to a web based videoconferencing system then take advantage of it. I have used Skype, Adobe, and Google video chat, but the platform is irrelevant. What matters is talking to them and seeing each other to help establish a trusting relationship.
Cory is right on with his comments. We have to accept our kids for who they are. What I did not articulate very well was that the courses we originally designed were for high ability students, but schools enrolled credit recovery students in them. (Hence the "wrong" student comment.)
I am looking forward to hearing more about what you teach and why you are transitioning.