Online Teaching


This web page focuses on resources for designing fully online courses and “hybrid” courses that include both in-classroom and online instruction. The links below provide multiple sources of information and examples from college and university websites worldwide, including links to Michigan State University’s technology support system. The final two sections are devoted to articles and assessment materials that focus exclusively on Hybrid Courses or Online Courses.


General Resources

Teach Online (Michigan State University, Virtual University Design and Technology Group).
An extensive collection of resources for fully online and hybrid instruction. Includes materials for course design, pedagogy and techniques, assessment, and links to other sites that offer information on many aspects of online instruction.

Virtual University Design and Technology (vuDAT) at Michigan State University.
This site is designed to help faculty at MSU use technology to enhance teaching and learning. Contains a variety of online resources, examples, and tools. Includes self-paced tutorials for using ANGEL, material on pedagogy and techniques for fully online or hybrid courses, and links to a library of resource documents for faculty and their students.

Online Learning Consortium, formerly the Sloan Consortium.
An online learning resource for educators with a conference, a blog, online publications, and much more.  See “free downloads” under Research & Publications for Effective Practices in online education.

e-Learning Centre (United Kingdom).
A comprehensive site offering information and services on e-learning.

Illinois Online Network: Online Education Resources (University of Illinois).
Provides an extensive set of resources on such topics as instructional design, assessment/evaluation, pedagogy, communication, and many other materials useful for online course developers. Also offers fee-based online courses for faculty on online teaching.

The TLT Group: Teaching, Learning, and Technology.
This site offers materials and services on using technology in teaching. Some resources are free, while others require a fee or university subscription.

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Hybrid Courses

e-Learning Centre: Blended Courses (United Kingdom).
Contains over two dozen links to information, examples, models, and materials that mix face-to-face and online learning.

Hybrid Course Website (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Learning Technology Center).
Although this site is designed for UW faculty, many features are open to all, including a list of advantages/challenges, discussion of program development for both faculty and students, and links to articles on hybrid courses.

Teaching with Technology Today: Hybrid Courses, Vol. 8, No. 6, March 2002.
This focused issue features five online articles by experienced hybrid course instructors discussing various aspects of hybrid course design and implementation.

Balancing the Learning Equation: Exploring Effective Mixtures of Technology, Teaching, and Learning” by Bonnie B. Mullinix and David McCurry, The Technology SourceArchives at the University of North Carolina, September/October 2003.
Offers a matrix of online instruction formats and then provides an annotated webliography of resources for technology-facilitated teaching and learning.

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Online Courses

Seven Principles of Effective Teaching: A Practical Lens for Evaluating Online Courses,” Charles Graham et al. From the Technology Source Archives, March/April 2001 (University of North Carolina). 
Applies the “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education” (Chickering and Gamson, 1987) to four online courses and develops guidelines for more effective online instruction.

"Web-Adapted, Low Threshold Assessments for Improved Student Learning" Barbara Millis, Doug Eder, Ray Purdom, April-May 2006 (The Teaching, Learning and Technology Group, TLT Group).
Under Resources, Links, Activities, this article offers an annotated list of good websites for Classroom Assessment Techniques and low threshold applications.

(My) Three Principles of Effective Online Pedagogy,” Bill Pelz (Herkimer County Community College). In Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Vol. 8, No. 3, June 2004.
This recipient of the 2003 Sloan-C award for Excellence in Online Teaching describes the specific techniques he uses for creating an online environment in which students do (most of) the work, collaborate on projects, and establish an online learning community. Provides many strategies for use in online courses.

Rubric for Online Instruction (California State University, Chico, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching).
This site is designed to promote high quality online instruction. Includes a rubric for assessing an online course, design tips for online learning, and examples of courses in many disciplines that received awards for Exemplary Online Instruction.

Quality Matters:  Collaborative Program Planning at a State Level” by Kay Shattuck (Carroll Community College).
Describes development of the Quality Matters project initiated by a three-year grant from FIPSE in Fall of 2003; now self-supporting.  In the center of this article you will find the Quality Matters Rubric that has a set of forty specific elements distributed across nine core standards for assessing online and hybrid courses.
Principles of Online Design Checklist (Florida Gulf Coast University, Faculty Development and Support Services).
Provides a checklist to assess online courses with links to explanatory material and examples for each instructional design principle.
Moving from a Face-to-Face to an Online Learning Environment,” Jim Julius and Kevin Kelly, November 7, 2008.
This site offers specific ideas and relevant resources for considering the redesign of courses for blended and online learning.  Review links on the left side of the page for models, pedagogies and technologies to consider, and other useful materials.

Special Online Teaching Issue of A Collection of Gifts: Great Ideas for Teaching Issue 9, Fall 2010 (MiraCosta University Writing Center and Teaching Academy).
Seven articles on ways to enhance online teaching using contemporary tools & resources.

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Michigan State University Resources

Virtual University Design and Technology


MSU Online and Off-Campus Programs (Office of the Registrar)

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