Best Practices

Faculty Competencies for Online Teaching

Penn State University provides an excellent overview of technical, pedagogical, and administrative competencies required to make YOU an excellent online teacher!

F R E E !   Certificate in Blended and Online Teaching

In 2014, Carleton became the first Ontario university to offer a dedicated and comprehensive certificate program that enhances educators’ abilities to develop and teach blended and online courses. All of the materials and modules from that program are now available online as open educational resources

The Certificate in Blended and Online Teaching program features 11 modules, which can be completed as a whole or as stand-alone resources. They include: Benefits and Challenges of Online Education, Online Teaching Skills, Instructional Design Models and Theories of Learning, Online Course Development, Learning Outcomes as Blueprints for Design, Assessment in Online Environments, Communication Strategies in Online Environments, Synchronous and Asynchronous Tools, Online Learning Communities, Interaction, Engagement and Motivation, and Gamification in Education.

Essential Online Elements for Web-facilitated courses (source:  Fanshawe College)

Things you should know about assessing online team-based learning

Helpful tips and tricks

How to create a personalized “Welcome” video for your Blackboard course.

Start the year off on the right foot by creating that social presence and ”personal touch” to your Blackboard course.  According to Shea, Li & Pickett (2006), “There is a clear connection between perceived teaching presence and students’ sense of learning community.” 

Start building your learning community by posting a simple welcome and introduction message.  Click on this 3 minute video to learn how!


Exemplary Programs

Northern College’s Law Clerk Program provides an example of multiple strategies for online learning and student success.

This program provides flexibility for returning or mature learners by offering fall and winter intakes. The two-year diploma Law Clerk program is offered synchronously through web conferencing using Saba Meeting e-classroom provided by Contact North | Contact Nord. Classes have a regular schedule and students can log into the live classroom from any personal location or Northern College campus.

Through this online web format, students can see the professor and have the option of sharing their image. Saba’s app sharing tool allows for PowerPoint slide presentations, images, documents and includes a virtual whiteboard. This virtual classroom also provides for chats, polling, verbal and written communication among students and professor. For additional flexibility and access, programs are recorded for student use and review.

Courses in the Law Clerk program are supported asynchronously through the college’s learning management system, Blackboard Learn.  Course materials are uploaded online. Students can join discussion boards, share documents, and connect with the professor and other students.

Click here to view the online student resource link showing a video tour of a web conferencing class.