Ten Tips for Effective Online Teaching

How can you be a more effective online or blended instructor? We’re glad you asked! Here are 10 tips that will put you on the right path:

  • Create a learning environment that makes use of life, work, and educational experiences as part of creating a meaningful learning process.
  • Present the online curriculum and material in a manner that allows the student to translate theory into a practice.
  • Provide students with multiple opportunities to develop and improve their performance throughout the course.
  • Make reasonable accommodation (flexibility) for students’ context and needs.
  • Ask for and listen to feedback provided by students.
  • Keep students up to date regarding their progress and performance on assessments.
  • Provide timely and quality feedback to students based on their contributions to learning activities, collaborative tasks, and discussions.
  • Don’t lecture!
  • Choose discussion, case analysis, problem solving, and other such interactive learning activities over memorization and regurgitation.
  • Try to be online every day, or at least 5 out of 7 days a week. Students need to know you are around and accessible!


Adapted from A Guide to Quality in Online Learning, by Academic Partnerships.