Introduction to Teaching Online


Duration: 5 week course

This is a 5 week (mostly) asynchronous course, with only two synchronous sessions built in. At the beginning of the course, you will be invited to a virtual meet and greet and at the end you will have a chance to showcase your work. By the end of this short course, you will have developed a template for an online teaching module which will include clearly defined learning outcomes that are aligned with active learning experiences and assessment strategies that demonstrate student learning.

Learning Charter Connections:

This course addresses these Educator Commitments from Our Learning Charter:

  • ET 2.2 - Select and utilize methods that are effective in helping students achieve the learning outcomes of a course.  
  • AF 3.1 - Provide a clear indication of what is expected of students in a course or learning activity, and what students can do to be successful in achieving the expected learning outcomes  
  • EC 4.4 - Engage in meaningful conversations about their practices with others. 

Teaching Certification Connections: 

  • Essential Teaching Competency 1:  Respond to diversity in worldview, position, and power 
    • Model open, honest descriptions of the sources of information, including appropriate credit for Indigenous content  
    • Use strategies to encourage and foster open and healthy dialogue 
  • Essential Teaching Competency 2: Designs courses appropriately and teaches them effectively 
    • Design courses with curricular alignment
    • Select instructional strategies aligned to a self-generated outcome 
  • Essential Teaching Competency 3: Assesses appropriately given the course outcomes 
    • Alignment 
    • Select assessment strategies (formative and summative) aligned to a self-generated outcome 
    • Provide students with prompt and constructive feedback on their learning 
    • Demonstrate providing prompt, constructive feedback to others 
  • Essential Teaching Competency 4: Value improving and growing teaching practice 
    • Begin to clarify and refine a teaching philosophy 
    • Articulate personal beliefs and assumptions about “good teaching” 

Short course outline: 

Topics covered will include: 

  • An overview of online learning including benefits and challenges for instructors and students 
  • The importance of community in online environments 
  • Best practices in facilitating online discussions 
  • Articulating course expectations through the use of the syllabus and rubrics 
  • Handling communication with students in a virtual classroom 
  • Basic information on the technical side of teaching using Blackboard 

Participants will be required to: 

  • Actively participate by posting to the discussion boards on the assigned topics on a weekly basis 
  • Complete readings and watch included videos to enable them to make thoughtful posts and provide constructive feedback on the discussion boards 
  • Participate in one scheduled class meeting using the online communication tool WebEx 


We will be using an open text book for this class, which you may view free of charge by following this link:


Our next course will be offered during Winter term 2021.

Please visit our calendar to register.