New to Online Teaching – The Basics

This short series is designed for the first-time online instructor teaching at the University of Arkansas. The primary audience are instructors who have been assigned to teach an existing online course for the first time. This series is intended to familiarize you with the language and concepts of online learning. Where the language and concepts intersect with technical skills, we have included links to appropriate resources for more information. These resources are open and continuously available, and we hope that you will find it worthwhile.

Course Objectives

Learners who review this course carefully will be able to:

  • Describe the ways in which teaching an online course differs from teaching a face-to-face course.
  • Explain the purpose of various common online course design conventions.
  • Define instructor presence in an online course and explain why it is critical to online student success.
  • Explain what interaction means in an online course and be able to describe the different types of interaction including:
    • instructor-student
    • student-student
    • student-course material, etc.
  • Identify threats to academic integrity in an online course and identify potential solutions.
  • Create course materials that are accessible to all users.
  • Use the course checklist to make sure your online course is ready for students.
  • Use Blackboard and other tools to communicate with and provide feedback to your students.
  • Describe the types of technical and academic support available to you and your online students.


Continue to Module 01