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The COLI Guide to Teaching Online

Featured as part of the Online Faculty Development Course.

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation offers to all Canisius University faculty an Online Faculty Development Course.  This five-week mini-course helps prepare professors to teach online and hybrid courses.

However, anyone can access the COLI Guide to Teaching Online, or the OFDC course “text,” which consists of five interactive lessons or modules.  These contain many insights into online pedagogy, and practical tips for building content, creating community, and managing online and hybrid courses.  The COLI Guide can also be practically helpful for teaching face-to-face courses.

Within the modules, you might see reference to other activities within the Online Faculty Development Course, including video tutorials and self-paced training sets.  They are also available within the COLI wiki.

If you are a Canisius faculty member, and are interested in joining an upcoming Online Faculty Development Course, visit the Canisius COLI website to learn about upcoming OFDC opportunities.



Module 1 – Online Teaching: Introduction

  • Craft excellent syllabi especially appropriate for online or hybrid courses.
  • Employ the fundamentals of course organization to create navigable, easy-to-participate courses.
  • Develop resources to help students acclimate themselves to your online or hybrid course.
  • Begin learning the basics of D2L for course spaces, and Zoom for synchronous meetings.

Module 2 – Course Design & Instruction

  • adopt some basic instructional design concepts to help build an online or hybrid course.
  • Define learning goals and objectives, and begin crafting a course outline and syllabus.
  • Commit to teaching presence and social presence as design priorities in your courses.
  • Incorporate the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP) into your course and teaching.

Module 3 – Crafting Course Content

  • Understand accessibility and UDL issues in the online environment.
  • Discover and select appropriate methods for delivering course content online.
  • Consider how students can produce media as part of their learning process.

Module 4 – Creation & Communication

  • Explore the technical aspects of synchronous communication or “web meeting.”
  • Discover strengths, weaknesses, and various uses for online asynchronous discussion.
  • Learn to develop and conduct engaging online class discussions.
  • Learn some possible directions and guidelines to provide students, to ensure a better online discussion.
  • Discover possibilities for file-based creative student work.

Module 5 – Assessment & Feedback

  • Review types and purposes of assessment.
  • Explore possibilities for online assessment tools: quizzes, exams, surveys.
  • Consider grade reporting options for students.