Online Teaching Quick Start

Welcome to online teaching at Northern Illinois University. This Online Teaching Quick Start site was created to support faculty, instructors, and teaching staff preparing to teach online. This quick start site is particularly valuable when time is short.

Modified Course Delivery Support

With the university announcement to modify course delivery for the remainder of the spring and summer semesters, additional technical training workshops, consultations, and support services are available. Visit Keep Teaching for resources and support in modifying the delivery of your course materials to shift to teaching and learning that is not face-to-face and direct students to Keep Learning for support and assistance.

What you can expect from this site

This is a self-paced experience, in which you can quickly and easily access resources on online teaching and learning. Many of these resources and guides will help you get started in online teaching, however it is not meant to be broad-scaled or in-depth. We welcome you to explore the resources and use the guides and recommendations to get ready to design, develop, and delivery your online course. At any point you may contact the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning for further guidance in your online teaching preparation. This provides you with two-tiered support, both self-exploration and direct one-on-one personalized support.

How to use this site

The site is sectioned into four main areas: Introduction, Course Design and Course Delivery, and Support. Each section includes sub-topics related to the main areas. You may navigate through the resources by using the left-hand navigation. The resources, in the first three sections, primarily include quick-guides and videos on the essentials for preparing to teach online. If you wish to go more in-depth in a topic, you will find links to additional resources within the site. You can also find the schedule of upcoming online teaching programs as well as recorded online teaching programs.

Learn how to:

  • Prioritize the essentials to getting started with teaching an online course
  • Optimize course content, structure, and student engagement
  • Personalize the online learning environment by creating instructor and social presence
  • Strategize how to plan for a successful start to an online course
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