Teaching a Quality Online Course

Interactive Syllabus

Part of the UWF Quality Online Instructor Certification Program

This course is the 2nd in a 2-course series that leads to certification as a UWF Quality Online Instructor. Paired with Designing a Quality Online Course (6 weeks), Teaching a Quality Online Course (6 weeks) has been developed through the Academic Technology Center for faculty support to help fulfill UWF's mission to provide quality online instruction. Prerequisite: Although we recommend completing Designing a Quality Online Course first, the two courses may be taken in any order. We do not recommend taking them at the same since each requires a significant time commitment.

100% online over 6 weeks

This is a fully online, asynchronous, instructor led course. Its purpose is to prepare you to develop and implement strategies that have been proven through the research to be essential to successful online teaching.

welcome to Teaching a Quality Online Course

Course Description

This course is one component of a comprehensive program intended to facilitate the design, development and implementation of quality online instruction. It will assist faculty in implementing effective online teaching strategies to increase instructor and student satisfaction and enhance learning outcomes.

The ATC adheres to the Principles of Good Practice as defined by SACS, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, and the Southern Regional Educational Board's (SREB) Electronic Campus. The Principles of Good Practice are designed to assist institutions in planning distance education activities and serve as a self-assessment framework for those already involved. Based on the Principles of Good Practice, UWF distance learning policies are framed in each of the following five areas:

  1. Institutional Commitment
  2. Quality Curriculum
  3. Faculty Support
  4. Student Support
  5. Continuous Improvement

The purpose of this course is to provide quality faculty support resources in line with university goals and best practices for teaching online. The course is a model for what an effective online course should look like, both in aesthetics and in student engagement practiecs.

Meet Your Instructor

June Watkins has been teaching at UWF since January 2000 and teaching online since 2002. In 2004 she was awarded SGA's "Distinguished Teaching Award" and has been nominated 3 additional times. She is a former Director of Women's Studies and recipient of the "Mary F. Rogers Women's Studies Faculty Award." Recently Watkins began working with the Academic Technology Center where she facilitates Applying the QM Rubric, Improving Your Online Course and this course, Teaching a Quality Online Course.


  • Facts and Fallacies of Online Education
  • Instructor Roles and responsibilities
  • Instructor Communication/Feedback
  • Facilitating Interaction/Instructor Presence in the Course
  • Time Management
  • Bells and Whistles/Course Technology



Download this free e-book: Theory and Practice of Online Learning, edited by Terry Anderson and Fathi Elloumi. You can download the entire book or a chapter at a time in PDF format at this website: http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120146. Click on the eBook tab to see your options for downloading the book. Be sure to click on the "Free PDF" tab.


Teaching Online: a Practical Guide / Susan Ko, Steve Rossen - 3rd ed, 2010. Taylor & Francis. NY, NY. Available used from Amazon.com for $38.


  • Internet Access (broadband is recommended)
  • Activated UWF ArgoNet E-mail Account

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Analyze instructor roles and responsibilities in online learning.
  2. Challenge the erroneous myths that students (and many faculty) hold regarding online learning.
  3. Implement strategies that foster student engagement and instructor presence in online courses.
  4. Implement time management strategies for online teaching.
  5. Utilize course technologies built within D2L learning management system and other technologies available for your courses.


  1. Important Course information Quiz and Course Participation Contract 15%
  2. Discussions (8) 25%
  3. Dropbox assignments (6) 25%
  4. Rubric in Time Management 15%
  5. Presentation in Bells and Whistles 20%

Participants must achieve an 85% (B) to successfully complete the course.

Attendance Policy

Plan to spend 3-5 hours per week on the course. Please log in at least every other day, especially if you are engaged in a discussion with another colleague.