Create an Online Habit
Managing online classes can be a challenge. The student isn’t in front of us; so it is easy to grade what is in “needs grading” and think we are on track. Last year, I started a Sunday night ritual of reviewing the status of each student in my online classes. This is separate from time allocated for grading and assessment feedback. I log into Blackboard to look at last access date, grades, check for missing work, review discussion board participation, and look them up in Starfish (have I done any flags or kudos? And how are they doing in there other classes). I also double check my email to be sure I am aware of any recent communication from the student. This system keeps me on track and ensures I am timely in my communication with students. I know it works as students thank me for reminders and kudos; and often reply with updates and action plans when they need to get back on track. Maybe my habit will help you?