Best Practices for Online Teaching

The online instructor is faced with learning new technologies, introducing new technologies to students and building a sense of community, usually without any face-to-face contact. Needless to say, the online instructor must focus on how students and faculty communicate and the tools that they use to communicate. These best practice resources have been selected to assist the online instructor in creating a successful online environment.

Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online

(taken from The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips, by Judith V. Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad)

  1. Be present at the course site.
  2. Create a supportive online course community.
  3. Share a set of very clear expectations for your students and for yourself as to (1) how you will communicate and (2) how much time students should be working on the course each week
  4. Use a variety of large group, small group, and individual work experiences.
  5. Use synchronous and asynchronous activities.
  6. Early in the term - about week 3, ask for informal feedback on "How is the course going?" and "Do you have any suggestions?"
  7. Prepare discussion posts that invite responses, questions, discussions, and reflections.
  8. Focus on content resources and applications and links to current events and examples that are easily accessed from learner's computers
  9. Combine core concept learning with customized and personalized learning.
  10. Plan a good closing and wrap activity for the course.