Online Teaching Training
Teaching online is significantly different from teaching face-to-face, both pedagogically and technologically. To be as successful as possible, we recommend initial training about online teaching before or during developing your online course. After that, you can further develop your online teaching skills by participating in the growing community of faculty and instructors who have taught online or attending additional workshops about online teaching offered by the Faculty Development & Instructional Design Center.
In addition, if you are going to develop an online course with the Office of Online Program Development and Support, you will have the opportunity to complete a self-assessment and receive a customized training plan.
Online Course Design Academy
Are you new to teaching online, or looking to refresh your skills? Attend the Online Course Design Academy to experience what it is like to be an online student and to learn more about best practices for teaching online as well as to learn the fundamentals for designing a high quality online course. The Online Course Design Academy is offered entirely online each summer.
NIU has adopted the Quality Matters benchmark for online course design. As a nationally recognized leader in quality assurance in online teaching and learning, the QM framework will help guide online course development and review. Training on QM is offered at several levels, from introduction through application and certifications as an official reviewer.
Online Teaching Workshops
Every month, the Faculty Development & Instructional Design Center offers workshops on best practices for teaching online, strategies for building community and engagement into online courses, and technology for online teaching.