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e-Learning Best Practices

If you teach an online or hybrid course, it’s useful to periodically review information regarding how to make your online instruction more effective. Doing so ensures that you stay current with pedagogical trends and provide your students with a high quality online learning experience.

The following series of short documents will familiarize you with the most current best practices as they relate to online instruction. Please review them, and if you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • Student/Teacher Engagement
    Describes what engagement is, why it is beneficial, and how you can enhance it in your online course.

  • Syllabus Design
    Provides a blank syllabus template, with embedded tips, that you can use in your online course. We created this template not only by referencing best practices pushed by many online learning communities, but also by speaking to successful online teachers here at OU.

  • Online Course Design Tips
    Lists some basic instructional design strategies you can use when creating your online course.

  • Learning Outcomes
    A description of what learning outcomes are, how to write them, and how to use Bloom’s taxonomy to help you create them.

  • Activity Conversion Chart
    This chart provides you with some tips on how to convert the activities in your face-to-face course to their online equivalent.

  • Other Web Resources
    If you are interested in learning more about teaching online, you can review this exhaustive list of journals, best practices sites, and rubrics.