Preparing to Teach Online

professor showing a course on their laptop 

Dr. Jill Flanders-Crosby discussing online materials from her long-running oral history and archiving project.

Online and hybrid courses are more effective when designed with the delivery mode in mind. These UAA-focused guides can help you start planning your online or hybrid course to maximize student learning and engagement while maintaining a reasonable workload:


Instructional Strategies for Teaching Online

  • Getting Started

    Blackboard is UAA’s primary online space for courses. If you haven’t activated your Blackboard shell yet, watch the Get Your Course Up and Running webinar (video, 20:10) or the Blackboard 101 Playlist (5 videos, 17:00). The videos go over Discussion Boards, Wikis/Blogs, Grade Center, and Alt Text. For more about Blackboard tools, visit our Blackboard Instructor Help page.

    eWolf is UAA's ePortfolio tool. Instructional content may be embedded within various portfolio sections/pages serving as prompts for students to respond to via text, images, audio, etc. eWolf help: New Folio 411 or Digication Help Desk.

    If this is your first time teaching online, keep it simple. For more on transitioning to alternate course delivery, watch CAFE’s Keep Teaching webinar (video, 44:42).

    UAA faculty have a lot of tools available to them. The trick is to find the best tools to help students achieve the learning objectives. To assist faculty with the challenging task of selecting technology tools AI&E has created a teaching Tools Comparison sheet for video creation tools, accessibility tools, engagement tools, web conferencing tools, and more.


  • Finding Materials

    Textbook adoptions are due the semester before the course is taught so students can see costs when they register. Please check UAA’s online bookstore (via Akademos) for information on this process. If you teach for a community campus, work with its bookstore. Our Course Materials page has more information and resources.




  • Student Needs

    Our Accessibility Trail Guide walks you through the requirements and resources to make your courses accessible to all learners. The KPC Faculty Accessibility Guide is based on the internationally accepted Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. (Navigate through the pages using the side-bar menu to learn how to make online content accessible to diverse learners.) Our Accessibility Overview page gives more information on this critical topic. Learn how to make digital course content accessible so that all learners have equal access to content at the same time on our Accessibility Tools page. 

    Accurate captions are required for all videos. AI&e is currently offering 3Play captioning service free for UAA faculty. Submit your videos for professional captioning: Request Professional Captioning for Your Video.

    To review ways to support and accommodate student learning during this challenging time, watch Academic Accommodations in On-Line Teaching and Learning Environments recorded webinar (video, 24:06). 

    Disability Support Services will also work with students with documented disabilities to offer appropriate accommodations that help ensure each student is the most successful they can be.

  • Adapting Assessments

    There is no one-size-fits-all solution. If you are adapting a face-to-face course, please review your assessments to decide what’s essential for measuring whether learning outcomes are met and what works better in a different format. Our Track Learning Trail Guide walks you through the principles and design choices behind creating effective, meaningful student assessments. Visit our Assessment page for more resources.

    Blackboard includes several tools for assessment. Remote Proctor Now (RPNow) by PSI is an online remote proctoring service, which UAA contracts to offer students a way to take online proctored exams at home with the proper equipment. Learn more about RPNow on our Testing Resources page. 


Further Resources

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