At this site we will compile useful resources that you can use during the summer to improve your courses for online teaching. These resources were assembled from suggestions from faculty, and also from looking at pages at our peer institutions. Enjoy!

Online Teaching Basics
This site from Williams College is a very useful page with resources for instructors working with remote students and online teaching.
This site from Bates College offers useful links for equitable and inclusive pedagogical practices and student engagement.
This site from Columbia University offers practical tools for teaching online including Creating Online Exams
This site from Carleton College is a useful resource for planning for instructional continuity when teaching remotely. This site from Swarthmore College provides several links to online teaching resources from other schools in areas such as Labs, Dance and Studio Art.

ACUE’s excellent online teaching toolkit: This link will take you to the Bowdoin Remote Learning and Teaching page where you will find a link to their remote teaching readiness checklist. This site from Harvard University is a useful resource for teaching remotely, including Technology and Tools ➜. This site from Swarthmore College provides practical guides for various online teaching tools. This site from Oberlin College of Conservatory offers Strategies for Remote Teaching and Learning. This site from Cornell University is a useful resource for preparing for alternative course delivery during Covid-19. Here you will find an online instruction readiness quiz. This site from Yale University includes a great tool – Moving from Campus to Online (PDF). This site from University of Massachusetts offers steps to take to make the shift to remote teaching. This site from UCSD offers strategies for remote instruction. This site from University of Washington is a good resource for online teaching. It includes suggestions for Alternatives to high-stakes exams.

Five easy steps for creating an engaging online course:

Supporting Students
An interesting article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on how to work with students under stress. This site is a useful resource for online teaching tips from Stanford University. At this site you will find a link to 10 Strategies for Creating Inclusive and Equitable Online Learning Environments, as well as a link to Accessibility Considerations for Online Teaching. This link will take you to an interesting article on understanding Generation Z.

SUA Faculty Documents

Below are two excellent (and short) documents about online teaching.

The first is a document which Susan Walsh prepared to provide a concise summary of the book Small Teaching Online. She has summarised the main points in just 5 pages, and even includes some useful external links in the document. She also wanted to point out that these are her own notes and interpretation so someone else reading the book might highlight different material or see it a different way.

The second document prepared by Phat Vu is a 4-page distillation of “best practices” and resources for online teaching.   This document was compiled based on faculty discussions, emails, and polls. In a sentence, Phat’s guide points out that the “best practices” of online teaching/learning includes 5 main elements: be available for your students, use intentional design for your course, build community in your course, motivate your students, be flexible, and keep things simple. The document provides more detail on all of those points. 

Marie Nydam prepared the following documents containing resources for online teaching that have been particularly helpful.


Strategies for Exams During Remote Learning – from Amherst’s Center for Teaching and Learning 

Unproctored Online Assessments – University of Wisconsin Extended Campus Resource

Best Practices for Online Tests – Pepperdine

Thwarting online exam cheating without proctor supervision  – Jr, Cluskey, & Ehlen, Craig & Raiborn, Mitchell. (2011). Journal of Academic and Business Ethics.

Alternatives to high-stakes exams This site from University of Washington is a good resource for online teaching and exams.


Restructuring Natural Science Labs for Remote Teaching – from Amherst’s Center for Teaching and Learning 

Remote Labs – from The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard

Firsthand or secondhand data in school labs: It does not make a difference – Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16, 013102 – Published 9 March 2020

How to Quickly (and Safely) Move a Lab Course Online – The Chronicle of Higher Education In the vast shift to online teaching caused by the new coronavirus, one of the most common questions raised was: But what about lab classes? Is it even possible to move a lab course quickly online … This is a link to a spreadsheet containing numerous links to online science lab information.

Creative Arts

One professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts taught a drama course that allows students to “act” with each other in virtual reality using Oculus Quest headsets.

A music professor at Stanford trained his students on software that allows musicians in different locations to perform together using internet streaming.

Resources for moving dance-based pedagogy online

Ideas for teaching clay online

Student Resources

This site from Lafayette College is a good resource for students who want ideas for remote peer collaboration. It includes a detailed guide for collaboration using Google Drive This link to Stanford University’s Remote Learning page for students offers resources for students including a guide to Sleep Smarter: debunking common myths about sleep. This site from Amherst College provides students strategies for learning remotely. This site from Macalester College is a good resource for both online teaching and learning. It includes a useful Zoom guide.