Switching to Online Teaching: Tips & Resources

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Ashlee-Maree Courtney-Eman

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With schools and universities around the world now moving their classes online due to the spread of coronavirus, there has been no time for educators to prepare for such a rapid change in working environment.

To help, we have put together some handy resources to help you refresh your skills, or get started.

Even if you are a seasoned online learning professional, or someone who is new to teaching and presenting online, we hope this list of resources will help to smooth the transition.

The Ins and Outs of Online Instruction

For over 15 years, Inside Higher Ed has been a top source for higher education news. Amid the outbreak of COVID-19, this resource takes professors step-by-step through the basics of teaching online.

Moving your course online: Five things to consider (VIDEO)


Espen Andersen is Associate Professor with the Department of Strategy at BI Norwegian Business School and is a frequent speaker on technology and strategic management topics. In this video, he shares tips to help your transition into online teaching and ensure a positive experience for your students.

14 Tips for Better Online Teaching

Seasoned and novice online teachers alike always have ways to improve their methods for engaging students in the online learning environment. Kyungmee Lee, a lecturer in technology enhanced learning, compiled this list to help the hundreds of thousands of teachers currently facing the move to remote classrooms. If you’re navigating this move, these tips are sure to get you started.

8 Tips For Teaching Online - Harvard Business Review (Article)

Online teaching may seem convenient but the preparation and maintenance of a distance course can be more intensive then than in-person counterparts. This article from remote learning experts Espen Andersen and Bill Schiano walks you through tips for preparing for and subsequently teaching your online course. 

Tips & Tools for Teaching Remotely

There are pros and cons whether you decide to teach your course as a live online lecture or a recorded lecture. These tips from Free Technology for Teachers will help you determine the best tips and tools no matter your classroom type.

"I Will Survive" Coronavirus version for teachers going online (Video)

Michael Bruening, an associate professor of history and political science at Missouri University of Science and Technology brings some joy to those switching to online teaching with his acoustic rendition of "I Will Survive." This video has gone viral within the higher education community, with over 340,000 views in the first two days.


Web Tools For Online Teaching

Take your online classroom up a notch with these intuitive and helpful web tools. From instructional videos to classroom hubs, this comprehensive list will help you create a dynamic and immersive classroom.

Hear from Other Educators

By the time you are reading this, you are not the first educator to adapt their classroom to an online format. Hear from faculty at The University of Washington, one of the first institutions in the country to make the change to virtual learning. This honest account will help encourage educators starting their transition and help prepare them for the scenarios that will present themselves.

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Contributors: Jamie Noelle Evans

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