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Online Teaching Essentials



The Online Teaching Essentials series provides an introductory toolkit for those who are beginning their journey of teaching online. This series is specifically designed and developed for instructors to gain research-based knowledge related to the fundamentals of online teaching. The essentials include a variety of topics spanning from engagement, to academic integrity, to equity and inclusion. As this series is dynamic and therefore being continually updated, please check back often to review and learn new information that will enhance your online teaching design and delivery.


After completing the Online Teaching Essentials series, instructors will be able to:
  • Design opportunities for varied types of engagement and assessment
  • Create online discussions that foster a sense of community using different prompt types to push the conversation forward
  • Establish practices that promote academic integrity
  • Design meaningful and effective multimedia aligned to course content and materials
  • Apply the principles of accessibility and Universal Design for Learning to course materials and activities
  • Establish course EDI guidelines to ensure content is continually evolving and all students feel represented

HOW TO USE THIS SERIES


Progressing through the Series

You can progress through the series by entering a page and selecting  PREVIOUS or  UP NEXT. You can also select the topic of your choice via the  Table of Contents listed below, or by selecting the topic in the left-hand menu on each page. 


Sharing the Series

Each topic in the series is meant be able to be used as a standalone resource. You can share the entire webpage, or share the  [link to this section] option to share a specific section in each topic. 

Each section has a screen-reader friendly, PDF version that can be downloaded directly to your device. Select topic-specific PDFs, or download the full PDF version of the Online Teaching Series

 

Table of Contents
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TERMINOLOGY

Glossary of commonly used terms in online instruction, as well as a description of various teaching modalities.

Download "Terminology" PDF

ENGAGEMENT

The different forms of engagement in online classrooms, and strategies for promoting each.

Download "Engagement" PDF

DISCUSSIONS

Establishing community and social presence through classroom discussion forums.

Download "Discussions" PDF

ASSESSMENT

Strategies and considerations for assessing student learning in the online classroom.

Download "Assessment" PDF

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Strategies for promoting, enhancing, and encouraging academic integrity in the online classroom. 

Download "Academic Integrity" PDF

MULTIMEDIA

Principles and tips for designing effective instructional multimedia.

Download "Multimedia" PDF

UNIVERSAL DESIGN

Applying the Universal Design for Learning framework to ensure that all learners can access and participate in learning.

Download "Universal Design" PDF

ACCESSIBILITY

Guidance for ensuring the creation of digitally accessible course materials. 

Download "Accessibility" PDF

EQUITY AND INCLUSION

Strategies and resources to intentionally build equity into the online classroom. 

Download "Equity and Inclusion" PDF



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