Toolkits provide an overview of the necessary administrative processes and procedures to put a course online as well as help prepare instructors for one-on-one consultations with instructional and educational designers to develop a course. Highly recommended for faculty developing online courses without university support or instructors new to online teaching, the toolkits are excellent “do-it-yourself” reference guides.
Adjusting face-to-face teaching methods to a virtual learning environment may require rethinking familiar teaching and learning strategies. Online teaching often requires a change in pedagogy, as the online environment works best with active learning techniques and constructivist-based methods. The resources and training/development materials provided below outline best practices in online pedagogy and research-based instructional strategies to achieve success in the online environment.
Though content and online teaching skills are critical to delivering high quality online courses, technology plays a pervasive role throughout the design, development, and delivery process. To be an effective online course developer/instructor, faculty need to be technologically literate. The following resources help to outline both the technology requirements and resources for Kent State University instructors developing and delivering online courses.
Scholarly Research & Resources
Scholarly journal articles, white papers, and research on a wide variety of topics related to distance education and online learning including: asynchronous and synchronous course design, research based online instructional practices and strategies, Web 2.0 technology integration, online course management strategies and more.