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Overview of Support for Teaching Online

A wide variety of programs, resources, and services are available in support of online teaching at NIU, including:

Online Teaching Training


Teaching online is significantly different from teaching face-to-face, both pedagogically and technologically. Keep an eye out for additional events to be added to the training opportunities, including full-day intensive institutes about online teaching, a conference focused on online and blended learning, online teaching community brown bags, and much more!

Online Teaching Consultations


Faculty who are developing online courses or teaching online can meet one-on-one with staff of the Office of Online Program Development and Support by requesting a consultation. The consultation process is a partnership and a discovery process that evolves over time. To request a consultation, email

Online Teaching Resources


The Office of Online Program Development and Support maintains a variety of resources for online teaching faculty. There is a wide selection of topics and modalities to choose from. These resources are valuable to faculty members designing and developing online courses, as well as faculty specifically interested in preparing to teach online.

Online Teaching Concierge


The Office of Online Program Development and Support (OPDS) offers concierge-style service to faculty members involved in the design, development, and teaching of OPDS programs and courses. These faculty will receive an invitation from OPDS or their College/Department to complete an online teaching readiness self-assessment. The staff of the OPDS will use the results to create a Personalized Framework for developing online teaching skills.

Online Teaching Professional Learning Community


The Office of Online Program Development and Support (OPDS) is developing a professional learning community that will collaboratively pursue the development of high quality online course offerings. More details will be posted as soon as they are available.