Time Management Strategies

The demands of teaching online can sometimes be overwhelming. How do you manage time when there are no set course hours and when the classroom is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week? In this section of the module we will examine some techniques that can greatly reduce the amount of time you need to spend facilitating and managing your online course.


The slides for this presentation can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking the following link: Time Management Strategies

In addition to the strategies that we've discussed in the previous presentation, you may be interested to hear from experienced online instructors as they discuss some of their strategies to manage time. Please view the presentation below by Dr. Curtis Bonk as he discusses some strategies for managing time and the online workload.

Plan Ahead, Use Resources, and Be Realistic



Voice Feedback and Visuals



Refine Emails Responses for Student Feedback



Planning ahead and creating a schedule can help you to effectively manage your time and workload as an online instructor. The Online Course Management Checklist helps you begin this process by encouraging you to think about the frequency of activities and assessments that you have built in to your online course.

The Instructor Sample Schedule is an example of what a weekly schedule of course facilitation and management activities looks like for a typical online instructor.

The Instructor Schedule Template can be used to create your own online teaching schedule and strategy to manage your time when teaching your online course.

Additional Resources

The following resources are provided for further study of this topic:

Boettcher, J. (2012). Ten best practices for teaching online. Designing for Learning. Retrieved February 28, 2013, from http://www.designingforlearning.info/services/writing/ecoach/tenbest.html.

Orso, D. & Doolittle, J. (2012). Instructor characteristics that affect online student success. Faculty Focus. Retrieved April 3, 2013 from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/instructor-characteristics-that-affect-online-student-success/.

Schiffer, E. (2013). Tips for online instructors: Managing files, feedback, and workload. Faculty Focus. Retrieved March 27, 2013 from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/tips-for-online-instructors-managing-files-feedback-and-workload/.

Shi, M., Bonk, C. & Magjuka, R. (2006). Time management strategies for online teaching. International Journal for Technology and Distance Learning. Retrieved March, 27, 2013 from http://itdl.org/journal/feb_06/article01.htm.