Best Practices for Online Instructors

Quick Tip Guides for Instructors

Types of interaction in Online Classes
  • Interaction with the content
  • Interaction with the instructor
  • Interaction with other students
  • Interaction with the interface (Canvas)
  • How Interactive is Your Online Course? Self-Assess with this Rubric
Ideas for Your Course
Articles for Further Study on Interaction


Useful Links and Information on distance learning and instructional technology 

Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services: Requirements and Best Practices learn about student data privacy, confidentiality, and security practices related to online learning platforms and tools.
Quality Matters: "The Quality Matters program has ... created a set of review criteria based on the research literature and national standards, incorporated these criteria into an interactive web-based rubric with annotations, and developed training and a process for conducting team course reviews."
ION's Quality Online Course Initiative: "A quality online course rubric and evaluation system .... The goal of this project is to help colleges and universities to improve accountability of their online courses."
Elements for Review of Online Instruction: Oregon State University's rubric "provides a list of elements to consider when reviewing online course instruction. The concept of this tool is that it would provide useful feedback to the faculty member delivering the course. It is not designed to be rigid or prescriptive, but rather to be informative, helpful, and constructive."
IMPLEMENTING THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES: Technology as Lever: Classic clarity. Simple elegance. Short and simple.
Rubric for Online Instruction: "This site is designed to answer the question ... What does a high quality online course look like?"
Rubrics for Web Lessons: Everything you wanted to know about web rubrics and more.
Sloan-C's Pillars of Quality Online Education: The pillars: learning effectiveness, student satisfaction, faculty satisfaction, cost effectiveness, and access.
Sloan-C's Effective Practices: A collection of effective practices desgined to implement the pillars of quality online education.
EduTools: "WCET?s EduTools provides independent reviews, side-by-side comparisons, and consulting services to assist decision-making in the e-learning community."
NEA's Guide to Online High School Courses: Establishing standards for online high school courses--the introduction to online teaching and learning for many community college students.
ADEC Guiding Principles for Distance Learning: The American Distance Education Consortium's guiding principles.
Accrediting Commission's Distance Learning Manual: Distance Learning Manual. A Publication of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Western Association of Schools and Colleges. June 2013.