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Teaching with Technology: Online Teaching

This web page focuses on resources for designing fully online courses and “hybrid” courses that include both in-classroom and online instruction. The links below provide multiple sources of information and examples from college and university websites worldwide, including links to Michigan State University’s technology support system. The final two sections are devoted to articles and assessment materials that focus exclusively on Hybrid Courses or Online Courses.

Teach Online (Michigan State University, Virtual University Design and Technology Group).
An extensive collection of resources for fully online and hybrid instruction. Includes materials for course design, pedagogy and techniques, assessment, and links to other sites that offer information on many aspects of online instruction.

Virtual University Design and Technology (vuDAT) at Michigan State University.
This site is designed to help faculty at MSU use technology to enhance teaching and learning. Contains a variety of online resources, examples, and tools. Includes self-paced tutorials for using ANGEL, material on pedagogy and techniques for fully online or hybrid courses, and links to a library of resource documents for faculty and their students.

SUNY Teaching, Learning, and Technology Cooperative (State University of New York).
A comprehensive site for online teaching and learning. Provides links to sites for online teaching and learning organizations, conferences, e-publications, and e-teaching resources useful for online course developers.

Tim Roberts’ Online Collaborative Learning Site (Central Queensland University, Australia).
A website devoted to best practice in online collaborative learning in higher education. Offers links to a wide range of online resources—articles, e-journals, and websites—as well as extensive annotated bibliographies of offline articles, books, and journals.

e-Learning Centre (United Kingdom).
A comprehensive site offering information and services on e-learning. “Library” contains links to articles, papers, research reports, and resource collections; “Showcase” provides examples of online courses and projects; “Products and Services” provides links to e-learning tools, systems, and other resources.

World Lecture Hall (University of Texas, Austin).
This site is a clearinghouse that offers links to courses worldwide that use the Web for delivery of some or all course material. Some are entirely online, while others are hybrid or designed for on-campus students. Search by course or disciplinary area. Also has links to other useful sites for online teaching and learning.

Deakin Studies Online: Contemporary Online Teaching Cases (Deakin University, Australia).
Over 70 Deakin University faculty discuss their uses of technology for instruction. Courses can be browsed by discipline, faculty, or case participant.

Technology in Teaching and Learning (Learning and Development Services Center, Edith Cowan University, Australia).
Provides a searchable database of over 2000 selected sites, articles, and documents dealing with technology in teaching and learning. Includes case studies of effective online teaching and information on using technology in campus-based, hybrid, and online courses.

Illinois Online Network: Online Education Resources (University of Illinois).
Provides an extensive set of resources on such topics as instructional design, assessment/evaluation, pedagogy, communication, and many other materials useful for online course developers. Also offers fee-based online courses for faculty on online teaching.

The TLT Group: Teaching, Learning, and Technology.
This site offers materials and services on using technology in teaching. Some resources are free, while others require a fee or university subscription.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Course Development
A site dedicated to helping instructors design courses that integrate technology at various levels: classroom-based with web-presence, web-enhanced, web-centric, and online. Offers step-by-step tutorials at each level with specific planning guides, teaching strategies, and assessment tools.

Hybrid Courses:

e-Learning Centre: Blended Courses (United Kingdom).
Contains over two dozen links to information, examples, models, and materials that mix face-to-face and online learning.

Hybrid Course Website (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Learning Technology Center).
Although this site is designed for UW faculty, many features are open to all, including a list of advantages/challenges, discussion of program development for both faculty and students, and links to articles on hybrid courses.

Teaching with Technology Today: Hybrid Courses, Vol. 8, No. 6, March 2002.
This focused issue features five online articles by experienced hybrid course instructors discussing various aspects of hybrid course design and implementation.

Online Courses:

Seven Principles of Effective Teaching: A Practical Lens for Evaluating Online Courses,” Charles Graham et al. From the Technology Source Archives, March/April 2001 (University of North Carolina).
Applies the “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education” (Chickering and Gamson, 1987) to four online courses and develops guidelines for more effective online instruction.

(My) Three Principles of Effective Online Pedagogy,” Bill Pelz (Herkimer County Community College). In Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Vol. 8, No. 3, June 2004.
This recipient of the 2003 Sloan-C award for Excellence in Online Teaching describes the specific techniques he uses for creating an online environment in which students do (most of) the work, collaborate on projects, and establish an online learning community. Provides many strategies for use in online courses.

Rubric for Online Instruction (California State University, Chico, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching).
This site is designed to promote high quality online instruction. Includes a rubric for assessing an online course, design tips for online learning, and examples of courses in many disciplines that received awards for Exemplary Online Instruction.

Principles of Online Design Checklist (Florida Gulf Coast University, Faculty Development and Support Services).
Provides a checklist to assess online courses with links to explanatory material and examples for each instructional design principle.

MSU Resources

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