Strategies for Online Teaching

Communication with students, expectations-setting and engagement are all contributing factors to the success of online learning experiences. An effective online course uses strategic design to create meaningful learning opportunities that engage students and support structured learning. Zoom is used by Duquesne instructors for real-time remote class meetings, but it's important to recognize that there are considerable differences between remote teaching and online learning. Effective online courses use methods and tools beyond Zoom to support student learning.

Foundations in Online Teaching and Learning (FOTL)

Duquesne offers an 8-week online asynchronous professional development course for instructors called Foundations in Online Teaching and Learning© (FOTL). In FOTL, instructors learn about effective online teaching practice as they begin to develop or redesign content for a future online course. View the FOTL Executive Statement to learn more. To register, visit the FOTL Registration page. FOTL has been received positively by Duquesne instructors and is our primary recommendation for anyone new to teaching online. However, those with online teaching experience also benefit. FOTL helps instructors take a strategic approach to online course design in order to deliver a course more effective at supporting student learning.  

Recommendations to Prepare

We recognize that not everyone has the time or availability to participate in FOTL. Although we believe the best preparation for teaching online is to participate in FOTL, there are other options available to help you get ready. We encourage you to take the following steps:

Visit Resource Sites

  • Visit the Essentials in Online Learning at Duquesne Canvas site. This site provides an orientation to online learning from the student perspective. Be sure to visit this site if you're new to online learning or if you wish to learn what resources are available to help students prepare to be effective online learners.
  • Visit the Online Teaching DORI site. Here you can find many resources for your teaching needs.
  • Email to schedule a consultation with an online learning expert to discuss strategies for effective online teaching as encouraged through FOTL. We can review and provide feedback on any content or materials that you've created as guided by the FOTL Preview and Resources Checklist. We can also answer any other questions you may have about teaching online.

Learn Basic Expectations for Teaching Online

Seek Professional Development Opportunities: Attend Webinars and Complete Training 

  • Online Learning & Strategy, Educational Technology and other academic partners continue to work together to offer webinars on effective online teaching strategies as well as on the use of educational technology tools. We listen to the concerns and needs of faculty and use that feedback to prepare information to help you. Let us know more about your teaching needs and we will continue to be responsive.
  • Watch On-Demand Webinars to learn about effective online teaching strategies and educational technology tools used to support engagement and learning.
  • Visit Educational Technology's Professional Development page to learn more about upcoming training and webinars. Additional emphasis for upcoming webinar topics has been placed on teaching in the online environment.
  • Visit Online Teaching: Course Planning within the DORI Intranet for many more resources related to teaching online.
  • Click the Help button while logged into Canvas to find dates and times for Online Office Hours sessions through Zoom. At these sessions you can have your teaching questions answered in real-time by Educational Technology experts. Please note that Canvas provides 24/7 chat support if you have any questions on using Canvas - also accessed through the Help button in Canvas.

Recognize that You're not Alone

  • Communicate with colleagues across the university and within your field, especially those who have extensive online teaching experience. Collaborate and create a faculty support network to address challenges and to problem solve. Build synergies to learn and grow together. Duquesne instructors routinely step up in inspiring ways to assist one another and to help create positive experiences for students.