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Online Learning

Teaching Coach: Dr. Corinne Wieben 

Like many instructors, my first real online teaching experience came when I pivoted from face-to-face to online instruction in Spring 2020. I volunteered to continue teaching online to help fulfil student demand, and I’ve spent the last five semesters (and two summer sessions) providing both synchronous and asynchronous online instruction at all levels from surveys to graduate courses. In that time, I’ve learned that, with the right tools and planning, instructors can make online courses uniquely engaging, interactive, accessible, and equitable for a wide variety of students. 

In an increasingly digital world, students are often more comfortable interacting in an online setting, and many prefer to encounter information in digital rather than physical form. From embedded media to links to helpful information, online course materials can engage students’ attention and help develop their curiosity about any subject. Whether you’re planning a synchronous, asynchronous, or hybrid course, you don’t have to be a technical wiz to master the basics of effective online instruction. With helpful Canvas templates, powerful tools, and new online content and apps appearing every day, the possibilities of online instructional design are limited only by our imaginations. 

Online Teaching: Strengths, Challenges, and Workarounds

In this video, Corinne discusses the strengths of online instruction and offers helpful workarounds to address its biggest challenges. 

Online Teaching: Getting Started

In this video, Corinne discusses how to get started mapping out an online course and how to import the UNC Template designed by Instructional Design and Development into a Canvas shell. 


Corinne's Top Resources

Online Instructional Design 

Conceição, Simone C. O. and Les Howles. Designing the Online Learning Experience: Evidence-Based Principles and Strategies. Bloomfield: Stylus Publishing, LLC, 2020. 

Greer, Dinana L., Stephen A. Crutchfield, and Kari L. Woods. “Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning, Instructional Design Principles, and Students with Learning Disabilities in Computer-Based and Online Learning Environments.” Journal of Education 193, no. 2 (April 2013): 41–50. 

McLoughlin, Catherine. "Inclusivity and Alignment: Principles of Pedagogy, Task and Assessment Design for Effective Cross-Cultural Online Learning." Distance Education 22, no. 1 (2001): 7-29. 

Pal, Souvik,Ton Quang Cuong, and R. S. S. Nehru, eds. Digital Education Pedagogy: Principles and Paradigms. Milton: Apple Academic Press, Incorporated, 2020. 

Tanis, Cynthia Janet. "The Seven Principles of Online Learning: Feedback from Faculty and Alumni on its Importance for Teaching and Learning: Association for Learning Technology Journal." Research in Learning Technology 28, (2020). 

Vrasidas, Charalambos & Marina S. McIsaac, “Principles of Pedagogy and Evaluation for Web-Based Learning,” Educational Media International 37, no. 2 (2000): 105-111. 

Engaging Apps 
 Advanced Canvas Page Editing with HTML & CSS