Online Education Center

Best Practices in Online Teaching & Learning

There are many things to consider when getting ready to teach partially or fully online for the first time. And as with face-to-face classes, there are unlimited opportunities to continue refining courses for greater efficiency and effectiveness.

Below are links to some resources both new and experienced online faculty may find helpful in planning and delivering courses. If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact the Online Education Center.

De Anza online course curriculum requirements

Hybrid and online courses offered at De Anza College have to be approved with a separate addendum, which ensures that the courses satisfy federal, state and accreditation requirements. Please see above link for details.

Writing a Great Syllabus

Creating an Effective Online Syllabus from Teaching Online: A Practical Guide, 3rd ed., by Susan Ko and Steve Rossen (PDF, 240 KB)

-- A chapter excerpt from Susan Ko and Steve Rossen's book on online teaching

OEC Recommended Syllabus Language for students with disabilities and veterans

-- Copy and paste this syllabus language from the Online Education Center to help students in your classes know that they are welcome at De Anza

Teaching Undergraduates

"Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" by Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson from The American Association for Higher Education Bulletin, March 1987

-- A great foundation to start with for teaching face-to-face, hybrid, or fully-online classes

"Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever" by Arthur W. Chickering and Stephen C. Ehrmann (This article originally appeared in print as: Chickering, Arthur and Stephen C. Ehrmann (1996), "Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever,"
AAHE Bulletin, October, pp.  3-6.)

-- Particularly useful for online teaching, this article addresses how advances in technology can be applied thoughtfully in ways that implement the seven principles

Online Course Planning/Evaluation Rubrics

-- An online course rubric can be valuable in planning the development of a new course or improving an existing one. There are many rubrics available, and links to three excellent ones are included below: the new rubric from the state Online Education Initiative, the CSU Chico ROI rubric, and the Quality Matters rubric.

Online Education Initiative Course Standard Rubric

-- The rubric adopted by the California OEI project in August 2014 for evaluating whether courses will be accepted for the OEI project.

CSU Chico Rubric for Online Instruction (ROI) Information

-- A general description of an excellent rubric, this one developed at Chico State University and free for use by other colleges under a Creative Commons license

The 2009 CSU Chico Rubric for Online Instruction (ROI) (PDF, 42 KB)

-- The 7-page rubric, with descriptions of good, better, and best implementations of 25 standards grouped into six categories

CSU Chico ROI Instructional Design Tips for Online Instruction (PDF, 163 KB)

-- An essential companion to the ROI rubric, this 8-page document provides detailed check-off lists for each of the 25 standards

Quality Matters (Research-based, FIPSE-funded rubric)

-- A general description of this outstanding rubric for designing or evaluating an online course

The 2011-2013 Quality Matters Rubric Standards with Points

-- A concise one-page listing of the 41 standards in the Quality Matters rubric, grouped into eight categories and suggesting the relative importance of each standard. You may have to create an account to gain access to the rubric.

More Links

Foothill Global Access Faculty Resources from Foothill College

-- A nice list of links at our sister college to other resources around the Web

Illinois Online Network Resources from the University of Illinois

-- Extensive resources on teaching and technology

Self-Paced Online Course in Online Teaching

Free Online Course: Best Practices in Online Teaching (by Larry Ragan from Penn State World Campus)

-- A detailed course with valuable information and activities to help prepare a faculty member to teach online

 Free MOOC on Learning to Teach Online

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Last Updated: 3/3/16