Resources for Faculty

The following is a collection of annotated links to online resources organized by topics related teaching and learning with an emphasis on online learning and use of instructional technologies.


Teaching Online   General Teaching & Learning Topics
  • Classroom Assessment
  • Learning Styles
  • Problem-based Learning, Case Studies
  • Rubrics
  • Today's Learners


Strategies for Using Technologies    
  • Blogs
  • Clickers
  • E-Portfolio
  • Mobility
  • Podcasting
  • Wikis
  • WebQuests



Teaching Online

Chat and Synchronous Communication Strategies

Synchronous Discussion in Online Courses: A Pedagogical Strategy for Taming the Chat Beast
   Craig W. Smith, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
   Tips for having successful live chats by using "chatiquette."

Strategies for Using Chat as a Communication Tool
   Illinois Online Network

Netiquette: Make it Part of Your Syllabus
   Mintu-Wimsat, A; Kernek, C; Lozada, H.R.


Course Design Ideas

Principles of Online Design
   A very clear and easy to follow guide and checklist for the design of online courses.

Online Courses
   A short tutorial with resources for designing and teaching an online course.

Developing Course Objectives
   Illinois Online Network
   Objectives describe what learners will be able to do at the end of instruction,
   and they provide clear reasons for teaching.
   Learn how to write effective objectives with this brief tutorial.

Crash Course in Learning Theory
   Kathy Sierra
   Clearly and concisely describes 21 teaching strategies gleaned from cognitive science, learning theory,
   neuroscience, psychology, and entertainment (including game design).


Online Discussions, Collaborative and Team-Based Learning

Collaborative Learning Environments Sourcebook
   This online book is a resource for academics and students who want to develop
   collaborative learning environments or communities of practice in which people
   work together to create new knowledge while learning new skills.

Team-based Learning Homepage
   Oklahoma University
   What are they? How to get started? Video demos and more. It's all here.

Tips from Instructors Regarding Electronic Class Discussions
   Practical advice from Ohio State for those who will use electronic class discussion in the future.


Hybrid/Blended Courses

Blended Learning Toolkit
University of Central Florida
The Blended Learning Toolkit is a free, open repository of information, resources, models, and research related to blended learning

Hybrid Course Website
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Excellent site that provides a variety of resources on hybrid courses.

The Hybrid Online Model: Good Practice (pdf)
A hybrid approach to online learning offers important lessons for institutions entering the online arena.

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Online Course Quality Standards

Online Course Best Practices Checklist (pdf)
Palomar College - Academic Technology Committee
Validation of Preparedness to Teach Online.

Rubric for Online Instruction
A simple and useful tool for designng and evaluating an online courses developed by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at California State University, Chico.