Teaching Online

Teaching Resources

Foundations of Quality Online Instruction Course

Foundations of Quality Online Instruction is a 4-week self-paced course hosted in Harbor that is designed to introduce best practices, tools and theories related to online instruction. This includes background on how online learning differs from in person, an introduction to designing both online content and interactive activities as well as the various tools that can be implemented to support all learners. Learning objectives for this course are as follows:

  1. Participants will understand the importance of relating to the online learner and how to design content specifically for this type of instruction.
  2. Participants will explore best practices for online instruction related to the theories and tools that support them. 
  3. Participants will evaluate the different types of supported technologies that enhance online learning.
  4. Participants will explore various strategies for meeting the needs and preferences of all learners within an online platform.

The course runs for 4 weeks and provides the option to earn a certificate. The certificate will involve applying elements from each week into a course that the participant is actively teaching or will teach.

Course content outline:

  • Understanding the Online Learner
  • The Instructors Role in Planning and Designing Online Content
  • Supported Instructional Technologies and Tools
  • Creating Effective Online Activities
  • Inclusion and Motivation for All Learners

iTeach: A Resource for Teaching from Home

If faculty need a resource as they are currently transitioning their courses online or are already teaching online check out iTeach available through Harbor. This resource includes information about working and teaching from home, tools and technologies to teach from a distance, and ways to quickly transition to teaching online. Additionally, all of our past recorded trainings can be found here. This resource is changing everyday with new information and tips and tools, so keep checking the site for current updates.

Learn Open LMS Instructor Edition

Harbor, powered by Open LMS, is MUSC's Learning Management System (LMS) where faculty can use courses set up by Enrollment Services to host content and engage students in learning outside of the classroom. Open LMS is designed to provide faculty and students with an easily accessible online course tool that promotes integration and collaboration, activity-based learning, critical reflection, etc. The Learn Open LMS Instructor Edition site will walk you through how to use simple and complex features within the LMS as well as Panopto, Blackboard Collaborate, Turnitin, Blackboard Ally, and Poll Everywhere.

Educational Software Available

As technology is expanding every minute, educational software is becoming a staple in many learning structures. Properly used, educational software can make teaching and learning more meaningful and fun. Educational software can be utilized to support or extend teaching and learning experiences. The Education Software page shares instructional technology that is available to all faculty at MUSC to utilize as they teach in any environment.

Digital Accessibility in the Online Environment

Blackboard Ally is built into Open LMS to support you in building a more inclusive learning environment by increasing awareness and providing detailed insight and guidance to you on how to improve the accessibility of your content.The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is working to ensure that there is accessibility, equity, and inclusion in virtual learning environments. Visit the Diversity and Inclusion website for more information and guidance for virtual learning environments. Additionally, they also provide more information on ADA resources for faculty.

General Suggestions About Teaching Online

Delivering High-Quality Instruction Online in Response to COVID-19: Faculty Playbook (Every Learner Everywhere)
Coronavirus: 14 simple tips for better online teaching (The Conversation)
How to be a Better Online Teacher (Chronicle of Higher Ed)
Effective Teaching Online (Inside Higher Ed)
9 Strategies for Effective Online Teaching (Pearson)

Facilitating Effective Online Discussions

How Can Online Instructors Get Students to Talk to Each Other (EdSurge)
A Discussion About Online Discussion (Faculty Focus)
10 Tips for Effective Online Discussions (EDUCAUSE)
Managing and Facilitating Online Discussions (Boise State University)
Facilitating Your Online Discussions (Purdue University)
Facilitating Online Discussions Effectively (Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 15(1), 89-107
Facilitating Online Discussions (MGH Institute of Health Professions)

Online Testing

How to Keep Students From Cheating (Psychology Today)
Thwarting Online Exam Cheating Without Proctor Supervision (Journal of Academic and Business Ethics)
Online Education and Authentic Assessment (Inside Higher Ed)

Student Resources

Student Support with iLearn

For our students, they may have never taken an online class before and may not know what to expect. Students will be provided access to a new resource called “iLearn”, available through Harbor. This resource includes information on expectations for an online student, and tools, technologies and resources to use when learning from a distance.

Learn Open LMS Student Edition

Open LMS is designed to provide faculty and students with an easily accessible online course tool that promotes integration and collaboration, activity-based learning, critical reflection, etc. The Learn Open LMS Student Edition site is designed to help you familiarize yourself with the common educational technology tools in place throughout the university such as Harbor, Panopto, Blackboard Ally, Turnitin, Blackboard Collaborate, and Box.

Services for Students with Disabilities

MUSC has a commitment to students with disabilities no matter if they are in face-to-face or online environments. Visit the Diversity and Inclusion website for ADA resources for students.