Mariah and I both commented on the checklist from the University of Wisconsin. It is such a detailed and focused checklist that would be easy for anyone to follow. I work by lists and I think many teachers do so I would recommend this list to all instructors. Mariah also talked about how important interaction is. I believe this is very true. Interaction helps connect students and when they are connected they just tend to do better. If you know someone will comment back or ask you why you didn't do something you are more likely to do it. You don't want to let someone down. Now this isn't true for everyone, but I believe for the majority it is true. I think if I were to give one bit of advice to an instructor it would have to be interaction as well.
Bridget talked about how good questioning is key to bringing students in. She made a suggestion of asking students questions they know to build their confidence. I am in total agreement with this. This will help a student to build connection with the course and hopefully set them up for success. She also talked about how the instructor needs to know the content as well. In our district we use Gradpoint for students who don't fit into the schedule but need a particular class. Gradpoint is an online system of courses where a teacher at our school grades them. This is hard because there are so many classes and many times a teacher is just thrown in to be the instructor for the course. This instructor may not know the content and usually has no time to learn it. Our students tend to not do well in these courses. I think both the connection piece and that the instructor does not necessarily know the content are huge detriments to student success in these courses.
Teresa commented on my blog about the hiring process. It happens every year that someone you talk with sounds really good but once they get started they quickly don't appear to be what you expected. This really made me think about what you could do as the course designer. I think stepping in an offering assistance or sending reminders to the instructors that you are available for help would be good start. Also emailing out suggestions or resources would be good too. Sometimes we get so bogged down with information to start we forget much of what was taught. I think as the instructor this would be good for documentation as well. If the instructor still does not change things I think that is where administration should step in. Most teachers want to do well and help students so your help would prevent the need for administrative assistance.