Enhancing Online Education

Teaching online this fall? Whether it’s your first time or you have prior experience, Enhancing Online Education will help you get off to a strong start – and it’s flexible to fit your needs. These programs are open to all instructors, including graduate assistants.

Learn strategies for:

  • Building a strong learning community 

  • Cultivating an inclusive environment 

  • Managing your online course effectively 

How it works 

Each of the three topics is available in multiple formats: 

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Asynchronous, facilitated micro-courses – Offered via Canvas, non-credit micro-courses include both independent and collaborative activities.  Time commitment: 4-6 hours during the week the micro-course is active. Experience online learning as a student – review digital materials, interact with others, and receive feedback from the instructor.


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Live webinars  – Join our webinars if you’re already an experienced online teacher, looking for a refresher, or are short on time. The webinars are a lighter version of the asynchronous micro-course, but still cover key content areas and offer a chance to interact with colleagues across campus.



Self-directed, on-demand resources Explore these resources if you are unable to participate in the above options or just want to gather some new ideas. These resources include key content and offer some activities to help you prepare for teaching in the fall, but don’t give you the chance to interact with others.


Choose the topics and formats that work best for you

Take all three or just one – it’s up to you! Switch formats for different topics if you’d like. 


Fostering Community 

Just as with in-person courses, creating community online with your students will expand their awareness, improve well-being, and increase overall learning. With some planning and a consistent approach, you can foster a strong, productive online community. In this course, you will think more deeply about what “community” means, create materials to help your learners connect with you, and identify strategies to enhance interactions throughout your course. 

Micro-course – Wednesday, August 24, through Wednesday, August 31

Webinar – Monday, August 29, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Self-directed resources Coming soon

Cultivating Inclusivity 

Explore strategies and develop a plan to foster an equitable and inclusive online learning environment.  In this course, you will reflect on how your and your students’ social identities can be relevant when creating a sense of belonging. You will also identify strategies to address challenging situations such as microaggressions. Inclusive teaching practices will help you create a learning space in which students will feel more welcomed, valued, and encouraged to succeed.   

Micro-course – Thursday, August 25, through Thursday, Sept. 1

Webinar – Wednesday, August 31, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Self-directed resources Coming soon

Managing Your Online Course

Teaching online requires unique methods of time and classroom management. Explore the approach of building your course management plan in the same way you’d build a house, from laying the foundation through getting the keys. Develop a Course Rhythm Plan and Student Success Worksheet tailored to your course. 

Micro-course – Friday, August 26, through Friday, Sept. 2

Webinar – Friday, Sept. 2, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Self-directed resources Coming soon

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