Fully Online

Active Learning Online: Leveraging Zoom Breakout Rooms for Peer Instruction

Think-Pair-Share is an active learning strategy providing students time and structure for thinking about a particular topic.

Welcoming Online Students

Learn the benefits of using a welcome video for an online class to kick-start a great learning partnership.

Humanize late policies for better learning

Humanize your teaching by implementing late policies that account for the complexity of students' lives.

Using Repeated Practice

Learn how repetition can help students master the basics with featured instructor Rebecca Roston.

Small things, big impacts

During the pivot to online in 2020, Professor Roland Vegso prioritized small organizational features that ended up making a big difference for his students.

Strengthening human connection to improve online learning

A recent study found that the quality of interpersonal interactions was predictive of student grades.

Active Learning Online: Peer Instruction using Group Exams

Use peer instruction to squeeze extra learning out of your exam by making students take it twice. Once on their own (90%), then again with a team (10%).

Active Learning Online: Effective online communication - Muddiest Point

Use the "muddiest point" technique to gain insight to your students' learning and provide targeted instruction.

Maintaining Student Motivation and Interest in Online and Hybrid Courses

7-22-20 This webinar taught strategies for assessing student interest and helping students stay motivated online.

Having a great first week online

7-23-20 This workshop helped faculty teaching face-to-face/hybrid courses and focused on making the best use of this time to prepare students.

Using Zoom to Facilitate a Hybrid Course

7-21-20 This workshop gave detailed instructions on the different settings and functions available in Zoom.

Essentials for Getting Started

7-14-20 Instructors were provided with strategies that have a significant impact on online learning, especially for the first week of classes.

A Guide to Learning Online

This guide is designed to give students best-practices for approaching their fully or partially online courses.

Fostering Engagement and Community

In an online course, it is easy for students to feel isolated. They are, in most cases, physically isolated from their peers, so intentional community-building is necessary to help counter feelings of remoteness.


To keep your students (and perhaps even yourself) from going adrift, regular and supportive communication is critical in an online course.

Course Structure and Organization

You can use Canvas to send announcements to your students, share course materials with them, collect assignments/assessments, and provide grades/feedback, or even facilitate online discussions. Think of Canvas as your online “classroom.” It is the space where all of your course material comes together, where many of your course activities happen, and where you will collect and assess assignments. Below we will outline some best practices in structuring and organizing your course:

Getting Started

Learn where to start with some basics of an online classroom.

Instructional Materials

In an online environment, carefully planned material is how you will keep your students engaged and on task to meet your learning outcomes.

The CTT Guide for Online & Flexible Hybrid Teaching

Welcome to the Center for Transformative Teaching’s guide to getting started with online instruction. Whether your course is fully or partially online, this guide provides the essentials.

We're all "stick-footing" it now

We'd like to share this video that Cal Garbin, John Weaver Professor of Psychology, made as it expresses how many of us may be feeling right now as we move to remote teaching.

Keep teaching when campus closes

If campus were to close for unforeseen reasons, would you have a back-up plan for teaching your face-to-face classes?

Institute for Online Teaching

Institute for Online Teaching provides preparation and training, as well as a campus-wide faculty learning community, focused on online teaching.