Keep Teaching

A variety of circumstances might require you to teach your class remotely with minimal notice: a campus closure, increased absenteeism during a flu outbreak, a family emergency requiring your presence elsewhere, etc. This guide will provide you with some actions to take when making that shift quickly. The practices highlighted are designed to be simple and straightforward to learn or implement quickly and with limited technology.

Registration Open for Online Course Design Academy

During the 3-week Academy, you will learn the practices and principles of effective online course design and apply them as you begin to develop your online course.

Register for July 6 - July 26

Register for July 27 - August 16

Each week, you will experience and examine a variety of methods of online delivery firsthand and will select and implement effective strategies for quality online teaching and learning in your course(s). The Academy will include active learning activities, such as discussions and a design project.

By the end of our Academy, you will be able to:

  • Incorporate active learning strategies in an online learning environment
  • Align objectives, assessments, activities, and content in an online learning environment
  • Select technology appropriate for your course objectives
  • Identify resources at NIU that support online course design and delivery
  • Experience online learning from a student's perspective

In addition, participating in the online Academy will help you connect to a community of peers interested in online course design, and gain confidence in your ability to design and deliver an online course.

Learn More About the Academy

Flexible Teaching Guides and Resources

In a June 17th message to students, Provost Ingram shared that NIU will offer a mix of fully online, face-to-face and hybrid courses when classes begin in August. The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) supports NIU faculty as they design and develop courses that can be successful in any mode of delivery. We are committed to helping you create the most resilient, effective courses possible. We are calling this effort “flexible teaching,” and have developed a new resource at to support the NIU teaching community.

Learn more about the guiding principles of Flexible Teaching and how it differs from the emergency remote teaching effort undertaken this spring.

We invite you to begin reviewing Flexible Teaching blueprints for ideas of what Flexible Teaching could look like in your course as well as the three Flexible Teaching Guides that are currently available:

Looking for more information or support? Contact CITL staff by phone or text 815-797-2477, email, or schedule an appointment with a member of our team. We look forward to serving you!

We're here to help

If you need help with keeping your class running, contact our team who is ready to assist. 


Connect with a Remote Teaching Fellow

Have a conversation with an experienced faculty member or instructor about teaching remotely.


Sign-up to attend a workshop or individual support consultation

Online workshops on strategies and tools to teaching remotely are available as well as one-on-one consultations, available online over the phone, for individual assistance with strategies and technology.

View Workshop Schedule and Register »

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Schedule a Conversation with a Remote Teaching Fellow »

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