For Faculty Moving Online

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In light of the current situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), OLC has received numerous requests from institutions in the US and abroad on how they might create emergency preparedness plans in the event of a temporary campus shutdown. As a means of assisting our community with the task of preparing for a quick shift to online, we’ve been compiling a list of helpful tools and resources to consider. This is not an all-encompassing collection but is meant to help organizations and institutions start this critical planning phase.

The following list focuses on resources for faculty planning to deliver online instruction.

We also invite you to review our other resource collections for administrators and general resources. 


Getting Started

Foundational Workshops from OLC

OLC offers a number of professional development courses, both instructor-facilitated and self-paced, that can help campuses and faculty get up to speed on essentials and key considerations for online teaching.

Note: The OLC Institute can provide these workshops and others as an on-demand, online offering if you have a minimum of 10 registrants for the workshop. Request an on-demand offering.

How I’m Spending My Pandemic Summer Vacation Teaching Online Resources (The Chronicle of Higher Education)  A professor creates a syllabus to guide herself and other faculty members in preparing for more remote teaching this fall, amid Covid-19.

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Preparing Teachers & Students for Online Learning (MERLOT/SKillsCommons) — This comprehensive list of open educational resources offers educators a one-stop shop for moving online, to include targeted resources for hands-on, experiential disciplines requiring labs.

Interested in Teaching Online (SUNY) This course introduces the concepts, competencies, pedagogies, and practices that are required to plan, develop, and teach an online course. Along with these key topics, this course showcases the perspectives of students, faculty, and instructional designers who have a wide range of experience teaching and learning online. 

Ready to Teach Online (SUNY) A list of curated resources to help you assess technical skills, check general readiness to teach online, and hear directly from online faculty, instructional designers, and students about their online teaching and learning experiences. 

Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption, for SIS and PWR (Stanford) This document offers suggestions for instructors in Stanford University’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric and Thinking Matters looking to continue offering a student-centered learning experience in a remote or online learning environment. (Jenae Cohn, Academic Technology Specialist for PWR, and Beth Seltzer, Academic Technology Specialist for Introductory Studies,

ACUE’s Online Teaching Toolkit Association of College and University Educators toolkit includes short video tutorials on topics such as creating instructor presence, developing microlectures, and organizing an online course.

Teaching Online Resources A comprehensive list of resources from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte that includes information on the lifecycle of teaching online.

Topical Resources

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Teach Anywhere Resources curated by John Stewart (University of Oklahoma) for teaching remotely, including guidance on accessibility, pedagogical advice for moving a course online, and a series of videos and workshops on common instructional technologies like Canvas and Zoom.

Spicing Up Your Remote Work with Zoom & OBS – A Beginner’s Guide Tips and strategies for using Open Broadcaster Software and the Zoom web conference platform put together by Ryan Straight, Assistant Professor of Educational Technology (University of Arizona).

Using Live, Online Instructions to Support Continuity of Instruction A recorded OLC webinar that provides information on selecting and using online learning platforms, how to communicate effectively in a live session, and how to engage students with simple best practices.

Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist Quality Matters has put together an emergency remote instruction checklist (ERI) for K-12 and higher education instructors. In this short video, Dr. Bethany Simunich, Director of Research and Innovation for Quality Matters, explains how the Higher Ed. and K-12 checklists can assist instructors as a job aid when moving to remote instruction in an emergency.

Social Reading with Hypothesis  To support schools moving to remote learning, Hypothesis has waived all fees in 2020 to integrate collaborative annotation into learning management systems.

Universal Design for Learning & Accessibility

Accessible Remote Teaching This guide is intended to help faculty teach in accessible ways during remote teaching situations.

Remember Accessibility in the Rush to Online Instruction: 10 Tips for Educators The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes provides recommendations on how to ensure that online content is accessible to everyone.

20 Tips for Teaching an Accessible Online Course An article by Sheryl Burgstahler (University of Washington, The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center) that outlines 20 easy tips to make your web-based course more accessible.

30 Web Accessibility Tips Includes web accessibility tips that can be used by web designers, developers, or content authors to guide them in creating or deploying web-based resources that are fully accessible to all users. This list is not intended to replace or map to formal standards such as the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19 Mapping Access, a participatory data-collection and accessibility mapping project of the Critical Design Lab, provides recommendations on how to ensure your course is accessible.

How to Survive Your Hurried Switch to Online Delivery Using UDL Converting your on-ground course to an online course can be a challenge under normal circumstances but converting to an online course in an emergency is a whole different matter. In this recorded webinar, you will learn how to survive this process and even improve the course by applying the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Selecting Technology

woman looking at websiteSECTIONS Model This framework encourages the consideration of questions in 8 areas of the SECTIONS model related to the integration of technology: Students, Ease of use, Costs, Teaching and learning, Interactivity, Organizational issues, Novelty, and Speed.

SAMR The SAMR Model is a framework created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura that categorizes four different degrees of classroom technology integration. The letters “SAMR” stand for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. The SAMR model was created to share a common language across disciplines as teachers strive to help students visualize complex concepts.

World Language Instruction

language symbols on laptopPandemic Prepping in the Language Class: Instructional Contingency Planning for Emergency Situations This panel discussion addresses critical questions to consider as you create and communicate your contingency plans for language classes and learning centers, as well as discusses a range of solutions that may be adapted to your unique learning environment.

Putting Our Language Resources Online A blog post by Stacy Margarita Johnson with curated resources for teaching foreign language courses online.


Simulations & Virtual Labs This spreadsheet contains a list of resources for online simulations and virtual labs organized by STEM subjects. The majority of resources are free to use (each resource lists the type of access provided).

Teach Remote: How to Teach from Anywhere This website provided by Dartmouth College provides information and resources for remote lab activities and experiences. The page also provides a list of considerations to make note of when moving these types of activities to an online format.

Unizor Free, unlimited, no-strings-attached access to great resources in “Math 4 Teens” and “Physics 4 Teens” courses. Each course contains video-recorded lectures with detailed notes, problem solving exercises, and exams you can use in your work.

MERLOT Virtual Labs This “one-stop-shop” for virtual labs provides information about current and innovative technologies, lab experiments, and simulations used in teaching the science, technology, engineering, and math.

Student Engagement

Communication This resource from Northwestern University provides some helpful tips and best practices for how to establish an effective communication strategy with students in an online learning space.

Empathy This resource created by San Mateo County Community College District for Instructional Continuity has “A Note on Empathy” advising staying calm and having empathy as everyone is trying to adapt to a new situation.

Humanizing Online Learning In her website, Michelle Pacansky-Brock offers podcasts, articles, infographics and slides related to humanizing online learning, which entails designing human-centered learning experiences leveraging the potential of digital technologies. 

Keeping Students Engaged in a Transition to Online Learning — This OLC Webinar will help you identify ways to proactively keep your students engaged in an online environment (course) and also what data to be looking out for to help mitigate attrition.


50 CATS by Angelo & Cross Classroom assessment techniques (CAT) are relatively quick and easy formative evaluation methods that help you check student understanding in “real time” that can also be implemented in the online classroom. This resource is a summary of the 50 CATs that Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia Cross address in their book Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers.

Continuous Improvement

OSCQR Rubric This rubric can be used by institutions to improve the quality and accessibility of their online course design as compared to best practices. Users can also customize the rubric to better suit their needs.

Quality Course Teaching & Instructional Practice Scorecard (QCTIP) A comprehensive scorecard which can be used for an in-depth review to validate instructional practices as compared to quality standards that have been identified by experts.

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