Best Practices for Online Instructors

Best Practices in Designing an Online Course (Source: Las Positas College)
Types of interaction in Online Classes
Interaction with the content
Interaction with the instructor
Interaction with other students
Interaction with the interface (Blackboard)
How Interactive is Your Online Course? Self-Assess with this Rubric
Ideas for Your Course
Peer assessment – Provide students with rubrics or checklists to make this more effective
Peer response - When you mark  the discussion board as a graded discussion board  (in the initial settings), you will be able to use Blackboard's easy grading tools to track and evaluate student responses. 
Learning activities that foster interaction (Source: Las Positas College)
Articles for Further Study on Interaction