Top resources to help you get started

The following resources are particularly useful when you are moving your teaching online. Get in touch if there is something you think we should include as either a top resource, or in our crowdsourced resource bank

How do I teach online?

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If you are responsible for putting course materials online, there is a lot of useful guidance out there.

If you usually run in-person assessments and examinations, they may be tricky to deliver online. Many institutions are putting together specific guidance, but these general principles are useful.

Moving to teaching online gives great potential to move towards flipped learning, providing material in advance, and using teaching sessions to deepen understanding.

Students may not be used to studying entirely online. They might struggle to adapt to working from home, or might be struggling with worries or new responsibilities as a result of the Coronavirus.

Almost all of us were once students, but we haven’t all been students online. Luckily, guidance for students is plentiful. Lots of it is specific to one institution or one country, but there are some general resources you might want to point students towards.

A Student Toolkit for Remote Learning is a lengthy blog post by students, for students, giving great advice and linking to useful resources.

Guest post: A student toolkit to help you tackle remote learning written by students for students

Lots of us will be running lectures, seminars or tutorials online. There is plenty of software to choose from, and a few minutes checking out some tips and tricks can help them run far more smoothly. 

More than anything else, there are a huge number of articles and posts giving hints and tips for online teaching.

Dawn Marie Gilmore’s series on what to do after your content is online gives clear, set-by-step, tips on a huge range of aspects of teaching online.

Although a lot of guidance is applicable to any subject, some fields have unique challenges.

Where can i find free training courses?

You can spend a lot of money on training courses, but there are some very useful ones available for free, right now, which you can take in full or dip in and out of. 

Learning to Teach Online is a free, six-week course from the University of New South Wales, delivered through Coursera:

Are you an educator? Have you ever wanted to understand more about how to design your class to make better use of educational technology – whether fully online or in blended contexts? Would you like to learn from those who have extensive practical experience with online technologies?

The Learning to Teach Online (LTTO) MOOC will help you develop a working understanding of successful online teaching strategies that you can apply in your own practice. The course is based upon the multi award winning open educational resource developed by Dr Simon McIntyre and Karin Watson.

Get Interactive: Practical Teaching with Technology is a free three-week course looking at designing courses online:

This course is designed to help you create dynamic, interactive online courses through the use of multimedia tools, student collaboration opportunities, and formative assessment and feedback.

Each week we will focus on a particular topic:

1. Using multimedia for teaching and learning
2. Encouraging student collaboration
3. Formative assessment and feedback

Transforming Digital Learning: Learning Design Meets Service Design has already started, but you can join the three-week course now (or a future date), and it promises that you will “acquire a range of practical strategies to apply in your own work”:

How do we transform the future practice of digital learning?

The demand for digital learning (and the experts who can deliver it) continues to grow rapidly.

In this course you’ll examine what online learning is, who needs it, who creates it and why. 

From the perspective of ‘teaching as a design science’, you’ll explore the design theories and practices that are transforming the future of digital learning and digital literacy.

What should I use to teach online?

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The discussion forum can be a useful tool for online teaching, but it can be tricky to engage students on them, while replying to comments can take up too much of your time.

If you are thinking of using social media for discussions, the University of Leicester has some brief advice and examples of good practice.

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While we’re all stuck inside, a virtual field trip sounds appealing, and there are plenty out there. While some are aimed more at school-age children, there’s a rich mix available.

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Why is teaching online different to face-to-face?

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This is a comprehensive guide to Teaching in the context of COVID-19. Definitely worth checking out and contributing to.

This is a co-authored and rapidly evolving resource – contributors include: Jacqueline Wernimont (Dartmouth, USA), Cathy N. Davidson (CUNY Grad Center, USA),

You can find Sean’s full guide here, which he encourages you to share with your students: “To succeed as schools pivot to online, students will need to be resourceful, and they may need to demand fairer treatment than they have ever demanded previously.”

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa is the author of eight books on mind, brain, and education science, and dozens of articles related to this nascent field. She is an Educational Researcher at the Harvard Extension School.

  • Here is a podcast Tracey made to help people who want to take classes online to “think before they leap” into this challenge.
  • This is a Decision Tree to help people track choices and to feel like they are making progress towards the end goal of getting online.
  • And this is a blog Tracey wrote citing all of the evidence for celebrating the benefits and possibilities of going online.

ACUE’s Online Teaching Toolkit

To support instructors needing to make a quick transition to utilising an online environment, ACUE are offering resources and recommendations that can be immediately put to use by instructors, to benefit both faculty and their students.

These resources are divided into six key topic areas for teaching remotely:


Jesse Stommel is an author, speaker, and teacher with a focus on education, critical digital pedagogy, and documentary film.

Check out this Twitter thread from Jesse, where he generously gives advice and ideas based on his experience and coming from a learner-centric perspective.

Scott Galloway shared his tips for how to engage when teaching via live video.