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Online Teaching Resources

The Online Program Development and Support Office maintains a variety of resources for online teaching faculty. There is a wide selection of topics and modalities to choose from. These support tools are available to Northern Illinois University faculty ready to incorporate more online teaching strategies and best practices into their online courses. These resources are valuable to faculty members designing and developing online courses, as well as faculty specifically interested in preparing to teach online. 

Quality Online Course Design Checklists

Humanizing Your Online Course Handouts and Resources

Recommended Books on Online Course Design/Development

Vai, M. & Sosulski, K. (2011). Essentials of online course design: A standards-based guide. New York: Routledge. ISBN: 0415873002

Smith, R. M. (2008). Conquering the content: A step-by-step guide to online course design. San Franciso: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 0787994421

Thormann, J. & Zimmerman, I. K. (2012). The complete step-by-step guide to designing and teaching online courses. New York: Teacher’s College Press. ISBN: 0807753092

Elbaum, B., McIntyre, C., & Smith, A. (2002). Essential elements: Prepare, design, and teach your online course. Madison, WI: Atwood. ISBN: 1891859404

Palloff, R. M. & Pratt, K. (2007). Building online learning communities: Effective strategies for the virtual classroom. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 978078798825-8

Jossey-Bass has a fantastic book series, “Guides to Online Teaching and Learning” with titles on specific aspects of online teaching, listed at

Online Education Newsletter with Best Practices for Teaching Online

Faculty Focus is a great source for news on the latest trends in online education. See the latest articles and sign-up to be notified via email or RSS when new articles are posted here.