Module Overview

Welcome to the Module 3: Best Practices for Teaching Online

Ok, we have arrived at the heart of this course to explore the best practices* in teaching online. This module will cover the key practices and specific strategies you will need to focus on when teaching online to ensure your students are engaged and progressing in their learning.  We will explore 4 key areas:

How to humanize the experience for your students.

How communication,feedback, and frequent assessment are essential to keep students engaged.

The critical role student self-regulation plays in learning online.

The advantages of creating whole group, small group, and individualized learning online.


  • Note: There has been a lot of research about best practices for teaching online. There are numerous strategies that teachers can use to increase their effectiveness teaching online. I have selected four key areas that I believe are critical. At the end of the module introduction you will find several articles discussing more best practices beyond those I cover here. I think you will find these additional articles quite useful and I highly recommend you review them.

Additional Resources

9 Ways Online Teaching Should be Different from Face-to-Face (J. Gonzalez) An excellent article from Cult of Pedagogy that describes how your instruction and assessment needs to be adjusted for online learning.

Best Practices for Teaching Online (J. Cole, Arizona State University)

Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online (J.V. Boettcher)

12 Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning. (B. Luskin, 2019)