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Online Teaching Guidelines

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Transitioning to an online learning environment is a time-consuming and exacting process. The guidelines presented below were developed to assist faculty to successfully transition from in-person to online instruction and assure a high-quality learning experience for our students. They are offered as recommendations for assisting faculty in the preparation, planning, design, and delivery of online courses. These guidelines are built on evidence-based learning principles: engaging students online; providing prompt and targeted feedback; maintaining a supportive learning environment; minimizing cognitive load through the delivery of short segments of information; and clear content organization and communication.

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The task force members who developed these guidelines are listed below. Deans and Faculty Congress submitted feedback for the final document.

  • Gabriele Bauer, Director, VITAL
  • Valentina DeNardis, Director of Classical Studies
  • Kevin Donahue, Assistant Vice President, Instructional Technologies
  • Kristy Irwin, Assistant Vice Provost, Online Programs
  • Matthew Kerbel, Interim Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (chair)
  • Crystal Lucky, Associate Dean of Baccalaureate Studies, CLAS
  • Bette Mariani, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, FCN
  • Christine Palus, Dean, College of Professional Studies
  • Julie Pirsch, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, VSB
  • Barry Selinsky, Associate Dean for Research, CLAS
  • Andrea Welker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, COE
  • Emory Woodard, Dean of Graduate Studies, CLAS