Getting Started in Online Teaching
*Any faculty member, graduate student, or instructor teaching online for the first time should consult with the chair of the department.
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1. Start planning as far as possible in advance. Online teaching is different from in-person teaching and takes time to do well.
2. Make an appointment with Laura Seeger (firstname.lastname@example.org
) at the Goldberg Center for advice on how to get started and next steps.
3. The Goldberg Center provides online training in Carmen. Be sure to take the course.
4. Meet with Ian Anderson (Anderson.email@example.com
) at ASC Tech to ensure that your syllabus and course design meet college standards and to find out about college resources and best practices.
5. Sign up for appropriate online course training with ODEE, UITL, and/or Quality Matters.
6. Familiarize yourself with Carmen Canvas as well as other teaching technology and resources, including recording studios, available at Ohio State.
7. Talk with faculty in the History department who have taught online. Ask to view their courses and to get their feedback on yours.
1. Expect to create a course as you go during the semester.
2. Assume that the same syllabus, presentations, or assignments that worked in an in-person course will also work in an online course.
3. Try to go it alone.
Where to Get Help and Training in Online Instruction
Ohio State contains includes several centers and offices at the department, college, and university who can help with different aspects of online course design, production, and management.
The Goldberg Center
, located in 207 Dulles Hall, runs events on teaching and pedagogy and helps run the department’s digital history projects. It offers an online teaching training course in Carmen. Be sure to take the course. The Goldberg Center can also provide one-on-one training and technical advice for online teaching. We recommend that all faculty, graduate, students or instructors teaching online start by getting in touch with Laura Seeger (firstname.lastname@example.org
is the technology office of the College of Arts and Sciences and provides essential resources and guidance for teaching online, including technical support, through the online course approval process. ASC Tech can also offer one-on-one consulting and technical help on aspects of course design. Most history faculty utilize ASC Tech studios for recording online videos and presentations (see Facilities).
The Office of Distance Education and E-Learning (ODEE)
is Ohio State’s main university-level provider of training and facilities for online teaching. History department faculty, instructors, and grad students teaching online will usually want to contact ASC Tech for consultation, technical support, and help with recording and posting materials. However, ODEE provides additional resources and training that can be helpful for all teachers in the university, including those in History. It hosts a library of instructional videos explaining features of Carmen Canvas
and introducing online teaching tools and techniques. ODEE also runs frequent workshops
on course technology, presentation software, and online teaching tools. The ODEE Distance Education Learning and Teaching Academy (DELTA)
provides further advice and training, including week-long “kickstart” workshops for online teaching, held three times each year.
The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
is the home of university-wide IT services and technology help. This is where you go to get help with some tech issues, password and access issues, and for booking resources such as video conferencing. The faculty resource page is here
is an organization that provides professional development and certification in best practices for online teaching. QM offers frequent day-long or multi-day workshops at colleges and universities around Ohio. These workshops are not specific to history courses or to Carmen Canvas, so they are not a substitute for other training in Ohio State software and technology. However, they do provide clear and extensive guidance on topics such as accessibility, assessment strategies, and online academic conduct. ASC Tech may recommend QM training to faculty teaching online for the first time.
Ohio State Software and Online Tools
– Ohio State has teamed up with Box to offer faculty, staff and students an easy way to share files and folders online.
- Your one-stop shop to manage your courses. Carmen Canvas LMS provides a set of integrated web course tools that can be used to supplement a class taught mostly face-to-face or can be used to teach an online course partially or entirely at a distance. Carmen Canvas provides various optional tools which facilitate learning and communication, including discussion boards, online grade posting, and online quizzes. (More info
about Carmen Canvas.)
- It can be used to record lectures, hold live online lectures, for online office hours, live chat and more. (More info
- Is a repository for video content. Videos and recordings can be uploaded to Mediasite, which is housed on university servers, allowing you to then link to them in Carmen. As Carmen only allows for 500mb of storage per course, it is important to store videos on MediaSite. (More info
- U.OSU is Ohio State’s free, easy-to-use online platform that allows Ohio State students, faculty, and staff to create, design and maintain their own website.
Arts & Sciences Academic Technology Team's Digital Media Studio
is in 142 Hagerty Hall. The studio can be reserved for filming lectures, recording audio, etc. They also have a lightboard studio in room 346 Hopkins Hall. That studio provides the ability to film your lectures while showing your lecture slides next to you on screen. It also allows you to write on the lightboard on the video if desired. Call 614.688.4447, email email@example.com
, or submit a request online
to schedule a session.
ODEE's Digital Union
also offers video and audio recording spaces. Visit their web site for more information. (odee.osu.edu/digital-union
Guides and Resources for Online Teaching
A guide to creating online quizzes and other assessments
Guide to teaching in Carmen Canvas (
A guide to using multimedia teaching tools and visual storytelling
Workshops for online teaching
Accessibility training and resources
Online course peer review template
Guides to maintaining academic integrity in online courses
- Resources and getting started
- Course design
- Assignment design
- Techniques for evaluating students online and reducing cheating
A guide to best practices for maintaining interaction and communications between teachers and students in online courses
A guide for building student discussions and collaboration in online courses
ASC Tech offers:
Advice for syllabi for online courses