In our last blog post, we highlighted some of the ways instructor Erin Ratelis and our course designers keep online students engaged in workplace wellness classes. Now, we want you to hear from Erin herself about what it’s like to be an online instructor. Here’s what Erin has to say about designing her course, teaching online, and what she’d like to try next. You can learn more about Erin by reading her faculty bio.
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We get this question a lot: “How can you make a wellness class that students take by themselves on a computer as engaging as an in-person course?” That quandary drives our faculty, course designers, and program staff to think outside the box when it comes to coursework, because they understand that our students are passionate, hands-on learners who want to feel connected to their education.
Kristin Barnes is an instructional designer for the University of Wisconsin Health and Wellness Management program. She worked with faculty and advisory board member Erin Ratelis on HWM 335: The Worksite Health Environment, a particularly popular course in the Health and Wellness Management bachelor’s program. The two devised five momentum-building activities within the course to keep students excited from start to finish. To get an idea of how you’d enjoy an online course in health and wellness management, read Kristin’s recap of each activity.