Best Practices Teaching Online 

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We are providing below research-based best practices in online learning design and delivery to enhance online students learning outcomes. This body of literature could empower any online faculty seeking to make a difference in student learning online and their satisfaction with services provided by the SUS. Please note that our list is not exhaustive and we intend to update our proposed links based on current research in the field.

Getting the information to the students

Being a successful instructor

What Makes a Successful Online Facilitator, Discusses the basic criteria for a person to be successful as an online facilitator

Instructional Strategies / Pedagogy

  • Ice Breakers Activities at the start of a class session can serve many purposes. Learn some of these purposes and how ice breakers work.
  • Facilitating Every Student in an Online Course Article discussing how the online course facilitator is charged with the task of developing the skills of these non-ideal students while creating a learning environment suitable to various needs, preferences, and abilitites
  • Online Response Time Are you always racing the clock when you teach an online course? In this Pointer and Clicker article you will find time management tips to integrate into the design of your course. Specifically, the discussion explores online response time for three areas of online courses: e-mail messages; asynchronous conferencing and homework/tests.
  • Elements of Instruction
  • Providing Feedback

Learning Strategies

Other Reference you to consult

Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Learning