As we’ve learned this past year, building community is an important part of an online course. An aspect of building community is projecting care and support. A quick way to do this is to build in opportunities for students to have deadline extensions without having to ask you permission for them. Build in “oops tokens” or “no questions asked deadline extensions” that students can use for a 24-hour extension once a semester. If you’ve used a technique like this before, how did it work?
Source: Darby and Lang (2019) Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes.