Best Practices

Best Practices in Teaching

Using this information will provide a road map for creating a high-quality online course that will sail through the review process.

  • Setting High Expectations
    • Provide overview pages for modules
    • Make your course rubric accessible to students
    • Links to external resources are available
  • Focusing on Learning Objectives
    • Ensure that objectives are measurable and clearly stated in the course
    • Ensure that learning objectives are written from the student's perspective and in alignment with the assessments and course content
  • Prompt Feedback and Grading Criteria
    • Quizzes and tests are used within your course
    • Feedback and grade turn-around information are provided within a reasonable amount of time
  • Collaboration, Cooperation and Reciprocity Among Students
    • Provide tools and resources for students to interact and work together online
    • Introductory assignments and group activities are used
  • Interaction and Communication
    • Communication rules and netiquette are listed in your course
    • Both synchronous and asynchronous methods of communication are accessible
    • Guidelines for initiating contact are provided in your syllabus
  • Active Student Involvement
    • A platform for student communication is provided for student interaction (discussion, chat, email)
    • Real world examples and assignments are used to connect student to your material
  • Learning Styles, Diversity, and Accessibility
    • ADA guidelines and compliance statement listed in your course
    • Rules for behavior and interaction are detailed within your course
    • Course content and different learning styles are accounted for and organized in an effective manner

Additional, detailed information can be found by reading our Best Practices Cards.