Best Practices in Online Teaching & Learning
There are many things to consider when getting ready to teach partially or fully online for the first time. And as with face-to-face classes, there are unlimited opportunities to continue refining courses for greater efficiency and effectiveness.
Below are links to some resources both new and experienced online faculty may find helpful in planning and delivering courses. If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact the Distance Learning Center.
Writing a Great Syllabus
Creating an Effective Online Syllabus from Teaching Online: A Practical Guide, 3rd ed., by Susan Ko and Steve Rossen (PDF, 240 KB)
-- A chapter excerpt from Susan Ko and Steve Rossen's book on online teaching
DLC Recommended Syllabus Language for students with disabilities and veterans
-- Copy and paste this syllabus language from the Distance Learning Center to help students in your classes know that they are welcome at De Anza
Promoting Academic Integrity
Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education, Version 2.0, June 2009 (WCET, ITC, UT Telecampus) (PDF, 150 KB)
-- A comprehensive, four-page document with strategies to minimize and identify cheating, including a long section on assessment
"Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" by Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson from The American Association for Higher Education Bulletin, March 1987
-- A great foundation to start with for teaching face-to-face, hybrid, or fully-online classes
"Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever" by Arthur W. Chickering and Stephen C. Ehrmann (This article originally appeared in print as: Chickering, Arthur and Stephen C. Ehrmann (1996), "Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever,"
AAHE Bulletin, October, pp. 3-6.)
-- Particularly useful for online teaching, this article addresses how advances in technology can be applied thoughtfully in ways that implement the seven principles
Online Course Planning/Evaluation Rubrics
-- An online course rubric can be valuable in planning the development of a new course or improving an existing one. There are many rubrics available, and links to two excellent ones are included below: the CSU Chico ROI and the Quality Matters rubric.
CSU Chico Rubric for Online Instruction (ROI) Information
-- A general description of an excellent rubric, this one developed at Chico State University and free for use by other colleges under a Creative Commons license
The 2009 CSU Chico Rubric for Online Instruction (ROI) (PDF, 42 KB)
-- The 7-page rubric, with descriptions of good, better, and best implementations of 25 standards grouped into six categories
CSU Chico ROI Instructional Design Tips for Online Instruction (PDF, 163 KB)
-- An essential companion to the ROI rubric, this 8-page document provides detailed check-off lists for each of the 25 standards
Quality Matters (Research-based, FIPSE-funded rubric)
-- A general description of this outstanding rubric for designing or evaluating an online course
The 2011-2013 Quality Matters Rubric Standards with Points
-- A concise one-page listing of the 41 standards in the Quality Matters rubric, grouped into eight categories and suggesting the relative importance of each standard. You may have to create an account to gain access to the rubric.
Foothill Global Access Faculty Resources from Foothill College
-- A nice list of links at our sister college to other resources around the Web
Illinois Online Network Resources from the University of Illinois
-- Extensive resources on teaching and technology
Self-Paced Online Course in Online Teaching
Free Online Course: Best Practices in Online Teaching (by Larry Ragan from Penn State World Campus)
-- A detailed course with valuable information and activities to help prepare a faculty member to teach online