Resources for Online Instructors
Online instruction is continuing to rise in popularity and demand at Texas Tech University and the TLPDC is eager to help provide you with resources to help you teach well in an online environment. We know that faculty teaching online are dealing with many of the same questions and issues as face-to-face (F2F) instructors and can sometimes have to find new or different approaches to create the desired learning environment. Below are some resources to consider as you think through questions such as “How do I create rapport?” and “How can I create thoughtful assignments and discussions?” in an online setting.
Many thanks to resources and contributions of faculty including Ali Duffy.
How are online learners different from F2F learners?
- Does it Take More Time to Teach Distant Learners? (No, Really…) (Blogpost from Steve Ehrmann, University System of Maryland)
- Moving a course online and other community questions (Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast with guest speaker Dave Stachowiak)
- Minds online (Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast with guest speaker Michelle Miller)
How do I create rapport with online learners?
- An Easy Method for Building Relationships in Online Courses (Faculty eCommons)
- Rapport in Distance Education (The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning – Athabasca University)
- Establishing an Online Teaching Presence (Duquesne University)
How can I create thoughtful assignments & discussions?
- Designing successful online assignments: 10 tips (Jakko van der Pol)
- Online Forums: Responding Thoughtfully (Writing Commons)
- Fostering Student Interaction in the Online Classroom (Faculty Focus) Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom (Rena M. Palloff & Keith Pratt, University of Wisconsin)
- Online Assessment Strategies: A Primer (MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching)
How do I assess online assignments?
- Rubrics (DePaul University Teaching Commons)
- More Examples of Rubrics and Other Resources (DePaul University Teaching Commons)
- Peer Response Rubric (Ali Duffy, Texas Tech University)
- Discussion Post Rubric (Ali Duffy, Texas Tech University)
What tools do other faculty utilize to stimulate online discussion?
General Resources for Teaching Online
If you have additional questions about teaching online or resources we've missed, we would love to hear them. Please let us know.