Online Teaching Excellence, Equity, and Inclusion to Engage and Support Student Learning in Flexible Class Formats

Flower Darby, Assistant Dean of Online and Innovative Pedagogies at Northern Arizona University, and author, with James Lang, of Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Teaching (2019)

This series will introduce participants to best practices in online teaching, practices that foster meaningful student engagement, and effective learning in a variety of class formats. Learn how to teach classes with quality, intentionally designed, equitable, and inclusive online components that support student learning outcomes. Whether you’re new to teaching in online environments or have the experience to share with your peers, you’ll finish this series with evidence-based practices, tools, and strategies to enhance your online, synchronous, flexible format courses and help students engage and learn.  On Mondays, Flower Darby will lead workshops on topics about best practices in online learning.  Faculty will be encouraged to work in cohorts and then we will reconvene on Fridays for Flower to respond to questions and concerns posted in Moodle.  We encourage you to read this article by Flower in advance:

Monday meetings with Flower Darby:
Friday meetings with Flower Darby:

July 6-10    Foundations of Online Teaching: Given the fact that many faculty members have had little sustained exposure to effective online classes, it’s important to lay a strong foundation on which to build our online teaching practice. We’ll explore the basics of online course design and teaching in this session. Topics include two well-established theoretical frameworks to guide our thinking, core elements of an asynchronous online class, and considerations for synchronous vs. asynchronous elements of our courses.
M 9:30-11 am (Expert-led workshop), T-TR (Faculty Cohorts in Moodle and Zoom), F 10-11 am (Q&A)

July 13-17    Connections and Community Online:  Online teaching and learning can feel distant and impersonal, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We can have rich and robust learning experiences when we maximize the person-to-person connections in online classes and intentionally work to build and maintain rapport with our students. This session explores practical strategies for creating an equitable and inclusive online class, building and maintaining community, motivating students, fostering sustained engagement and persistence, and more.
M 9:30-11 am (Expert-led workshop), T-TR (Faculty Cohorts in Moodle and Zoom), F 10-11 am (Q&A)

July 20-24    Online Assessment Strategies That Guide Learning: Assessment of student learning is a critical component of any college class. How to do this in an online learning environment? We’ll consider evidence-based best practices for online assessment including formative assessments and efficient feedback strategies to guide student learning week by week, assignment and test design strategies to foster academic integrity, and designing for critical thinking in activities and assessments.
M 9:30-11 am (Expert-led workshop), T-TR (Faculty Cohorts in Moodle and Zoom,) F 10-11 am (Q&A)

July 27-31    Putting It All Together:  Having explored multiple ideas and concepts related to effective online teaching, now it’s time to begin (or continue) building your online or flexible fall courses. We’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of developing a syllabus for an online or blended course as well as creating and organizing class content and activities in Moodle. By the end of this Studio, you could have the beginnings of your fall classes, the skeleton outline so to speak, in which you can continue building as you prepare for the semester ahead.
M 9:30-11 am (Expert-led workshop), T-TR (Faculty Cohorts in Moodle and Zoom), F 10-11 am (Q&A)