Teaching Online

Teaching Online

“We can enter into deep engagement with people online — we just need to bring some of those practices into the classroom.”
—Flower Darby, Small Teaching Online, 2019

Teaching Online Toolkit

How will my course work remotely? While not all teaching methods are represented here, it is our goal to give you ideas and tools on how to make the best transition to good teaching online. We are also here to help.

Best Practices in Online Teaching

Teaching Online is more than just knowing your LMS. It is creating presence, community, teaching, and transferring your already good classroom practices into the virtual classroom. Here are some tips on how to do just that.


Grading for the virtual classroom can be daunting. Best practices suggest that grading virtually and grading hard-copy assignments will contain the same important qualities. What are those qualities, and how do you use technology in ways that produce those qualities?

Group Work Online

Do you use groups in your face-to-face classroom? Options such as Team-Based Learning, person-to-person collaborations, Reading Graphic Organizer small groups, and Jigsaw can all be re-created for the online environment. Here’s how…

Organizing a Course

By providing students with clear and organized structure in your online course, you help to mitigate logistical questions your students may have concerning where an assignment is located, when a due date is, where they can find your course readings, etc. Here are some ways to get started or to check that you are doing a great job already.

Peer Review

Students need feedback on their work in order to improve. While instructor feedback is valuable, asking students to respond to each other’s work, including writing, video projects and other assignments, provides opportunities for before-the-deadline feedback without increasing the instructor’s workload.  

Teachers Noticing Teachers (TNT) Online – Videos

Teachers Noticing Teachers is a program of peer mentoring designed to allow professors to observe the teaching of a particularly accomplished colleague. Although many of the TNT participants are themselves extremely accomplished teachers, they become enthusiastic, inquisitive and probing students observing other teachers. During the Spring 2020 term, PLNU’s need to move to online courses spurred the idea to have TNT Online, with faculty sharing what they have been doing that is fresh, innovative, engaging, and just plain good teaching in the online classroom.

Team-Based Learning

Team-Based Learning is an evidence based collaborative learning teaching strategy designed around units of instruction, known as “modules,” that are taught in a three-step cycle: preparation, in-class readiness assurance testing, and application-focused exercise. A class typically includes one module. Find out how some professors are transitioning their Team-Based Learning to an online format.

Techniques for Teaching Online – Training Videos

The following videos were recorded from webinars and training sessions with PLNU faculty and instructional designers. They contain a variety of topics. For further details about the Host or Presenters, for a larger view, or closed captioning, please view in YouTube.

Tips for Accommodations Online

While building our classes online, let’s keep in mind how to allow for academic accommodations and the provision of accessible content for students with disabilities. Thankfully, we live in an age where these accommodations are largely available to us. Here are some ideas for how you can incorporate these accommodations into your online course:

Video and Audio Resources

I want to record lectures or instructional videos for my students. How do I get started? What are the best equipment options for me while creating this virtual classroom? What are some best practices for making lecture videos for my class? What resources are accessible to me?