Additional Online Learning Resources

Want to learn more about how to teach online or created blended or flipped classes?

Quality Matters is another standards-based organization that has developed a rubric for managing course quality. UVA is an institutional member. They have an on-going list of professional development opportunities. In addition to the Teaching Online Certificate, they have courses on how to apply the QM rubric, assess courses, orient your online learners, design your online course, and design your blended course. Quality Matters courses tend to be more robust and require more work than those offered from OLC.

Looking for standards, guidance, news, and trends in online learning?

  • EdSurge delivers insights and connects those exploring how technology can support equitable opportunities for all learners.
  • Educause is a nonprofit association with a mission of advancing higher education through the use of information technology.
  • Networked Learning Collaborative of Virginia (NLCVa) is a learning technology federation among the Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. The goal of the NLCVA is to advance the academic missions and learning technology activities of member institutions through knowledge sharing, leveraged resources, and collaboration on innovative programs and ideas.
  • Online Learning Consortium is the leading professional online learning organization devoted to providing best practice instruction, research, publications, and guidance to educators around the world.
  • Quality Matters has a rubric for evaluating course quality.
  • WCET newsletter: WCET is the leader in the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology enhanced learning in higher education. WCET is a national, member-driven, nonprofit which brings together colleges and universities, higher education organizations, and companies to collectively improve the quality and reach of e-learning programs.
  • Portland Community College has a variety of resources: matrix of responsibilities for accessibility of online courses, step-by-step guides for making different types of formats (PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Google Docs, etc.) accessible, and the Query Guide for Online Course Design (Word document). 
  • The California Community College system has developed the @One Standards for Quality Online Teaching (PDF).

Want some rubrics for developing your online course?

There is also a Collab group for Online Teaching & Learning.

Several events throughout the year may be of interest. Typically the Teaching with Technology Summity occurs in early October and the Innovations in Pedagogy Summit occurs in May. Virginia Tech also hosts the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy in winter.

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