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Teaching Online: Best Practices

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Best Practices for Teaching Online (Salcido and Cole, Arizona State University: 2018)
Short descriptions of best practices from ASU, including instructor presence, real world applications, clear expectations, prompt feedback, engage students, and more.

The COVID-19 online pivot: Adapting university teaching to social distancing (Weller, London School of Economics: 2020)
Martin Weller, professor of Education Technology at the Open University, brings together a number of useful for resources for anyone looking to develop online learning courses and questions why it has taken the current crisis for distance learning to be taken seriously. 

Crowdsourcing: Teaching Online with Care (Maha Bali and Mia Zamora: 2020)
A document started by Maha Bali and Mia Zamora to crowdsource and curate teaching tips about teaching online with care. Includes comments by academics from UK, Egypt, Italy, South Africa, Japan, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, US, and Canada.

The Derek Bok Center for Teaching & Learning. (Harvard University: 2020)

Best practices and a full range of topics from a well-stablished Center, including equity and access, assessing online participation, seminars and sections.


Design for Online Learning Toolkit (Arizona State University: 2020)
ASU’s toolkit for learning design. Includes many specific areas of teaching, such as how to support group work online.


Eight Ways to Be More Inclusive in Your Zoom Teaching (Hogan & Sathy, Chronicle of Higher Education: 2020)
How to use the principles of inclusive teaching to design courses in ways that reach all students.


Five Takeaways From My Covid-19 Remote Teaching (Miller, Northern Arizona University: 2020)
Zoom classes can be rewarding, student goals will take center stage, high-stakes assessments are overrated, and more takeaways from Miller’s recent online teaching.

How to be a better teacher online (Darby, Northern Arizona University)
Advice on how to make your online pedagogy as effective and satisfying as the in-person version.

Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption (Stanford University: 2020)
An in-depth document from Stanford University academic technology specialists. Covers specific tools and technologies, how to do student presentations remotely, using breakout rooms in Zoom, and much more.

Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online (Reis, Stanford University: 2010)
Best practices from Chapter 3, Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online, in the book, The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips, by Judith V. Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad.


Ten Strategies for Engaging Discussions Online (Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning: 2020)
Strategies covered here apply to both online and in-person discussions, and they are especially needed when teaching online.

Transforming Your Online Teaching From Crisis to Community (Davidson & Katopodis, Inside Higher Ed: 2020)
Advice on engaging learners by using an “entry ticket” (a question or prompt that you ask all your students to respond to quickly during the first five minutes of a class), and an “exit ticket,” (ask every student to write out one new complex question that they still have after the day’s on-site session).


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