Online Teaching Strategies


Teaching online can be a very exciting prospect. You have access to your class 24 hours a day and can teach from anywhere you have an Internet connection; but, there is more to it than that. Teaching online requires a great deal of discipline and time if you're going to give your students the quality education they deserve. This course is designed to introduce you to instructional strategies you can employ in your classroom to be not only a good facilitator, but also an effective online instructor. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to review research related to best practices in an online classroom, all in effort to help you deliver effective online instruction.

What will you learn?

In this course you will learn about three instructional concepts designed to guide the way in which online instructors build their classrooms: Bloom's taxonomy, Chickering's Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education, and the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework.

By the end of this course you will be able to do the following:

  • Understand and apply Bloom's Taxonomy effectively in your online classroom
  • Understand the importance of Chickering's Seven Principles for Good Practice
  • Understand the application of, and differences between, the Cognitive Presence, Social Presence, and Teaching Presence
  • Understand how to apply the CoI Framework in your classroom, whether online or face-to-face

How will you learn?

This course will make use of discussion boards, links to articles, videos, interactive activities, and quizzes. Each week you will participate in a discussion revolving around the articles and videos presented. There is no text book for this course, and, as I'm sure you can imagine, there are countless resources available online.

In order for this course to be successful, it is essential you do the readings and engage in the discussions. You will see Bloom's Taxonomy, Chickering's Seven Principles, and the CoI Framework in practice, and you'll be exposed to various technologies you can use in your own classroom.'ll get out of this experience what you put into it.
Can Technology Change Education? Yes!: Raj Dhingra at TEDxBend

Navigating the Course

When you're ready to begin moving through the course material, you'll want to use the navigation pane located on the left-hand side of the page. Each button does the following:

Meet Your Instructor: Provides a brief background and contact information for your instructor.

Course Documents
: Your syllabus and any other documents you may need related to the course.

Weekly Resources: This link directs you to an external website called All our readings are housed in this binder. Each topic has its own tab and there are various readings and resources located within each tab. Please note: any reading with an asterisk before it is a required reading for that week. You will need to use the password "effective1" to access the livebinder account.

Ask The Instructor
: This is a discussion forum you can use to post specific, content related questions or issues you are having with anything related to the course. Personal information should not be posted here as everyone in the course can see it.

Learning Modules: This is where you will go to access the course content. All discussions and activities will be found here.

Announcements: This is your landing page and will be used to communicate course information not found in the Learning Modules.

My Grades: This is your grade book. Click on it to see how you're doing in the course.

Send Email: You can email both your instructor and your classmates through Blackboard without sharing your personal email information.

Navigation101: This is a tutorial feature that will walk you through how to perform functions and access content within Blackboard Learn.

It is strongly recommended you review Navigation101 as it walks you through the many processes you will employ throughout this course in terms of using Blackboard and submitting your work.

Once you're ready to dive in, click on the Learning Modules button to get started. Good luck and enjoy!