Online Classes

We've provided a set of resources for faculty who are interested in teaching one class or an entire course online. Click here to read our checklist for online course design (PDF).

Below are some tips for building community in an online course from Kristen Sosulski in an article published in BizEd Magazine entitled "Community Building is Key to Online Learning":

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  • …design structured “meet-and-greet” activities. It’s critical to connect with online students to ensure they feel supported and are aware of the resources available to them. 
  • …give students a head start. Publish your course materials online prior to the start date.
  • …provide opportunities to network. These can include team-building activities, discussions led by special guest experts, and group projects where students work on actual problems facing an organization.
  • …use only text-based tools. Online courses must be more than posts to discussion forums —not all students communicate best through writing or learn best through reading. Encourage communication and collaboration through online workspaces that allow for synchronous and asynchronous voice, video, and text-based communications. 
  • …let the end of class mean an end to learning. Learning and career development are lifelong activities. Consider allowing students to access course materials and communicate with their classmates even after the course ends.

second edition

Essentials of Online Course Design uses a fresh, thoughtfully designed, step-by-step, hands-on approach.  At this guide’s core is a set of standards that are based on best practices in the field of online learning and teaching.  Pedagogical, organizational and visual design principles are presented and modeled throughout.